Available 7 Days/Week       MON - FRI  8am - 7pm       SAT - SUN  10am – 6pm
Call us (305) 465-3900
Apply Now


When a journalist makes the leap into politics, it raises eyebrows among those of us who run in these circles. Kind of like, when a Coke employee moves to Pepsi … when a Red Sox player joins the Yankees … or when a DC character crosses over to Marvel. You get our drift. Well, this is exactly what Katie Atkins did. 

She majored in journalism at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, graduating in 2010. From 2013 to 2016, she earned her chops as a reporter at The Post-Journal, close to Buffalo, New York. Atkins was hired, sight unseen, for The Keynoter, a Miami Herald newspaper. She later made a move to Keys Weekly. Yet, when she was offered a job as executive aide to Mayor Michelle Coldiron, Atkins took the opportunity without missing a beat. To her, the change made absolute sense. 

“It’s funny, because I was never involved in politics until I became a reporter,” Atkins explained. “I had a county legislature beat, which was very involved. My interest grew so much over a period of three years. I loved it.”

Herewith, 20 questions for Katie Atkins… 

Age? 32.

Where are you from originally?  Jamestown, New York.

Where do you live currently? Tavernier. 

Do you think you’ll ever run for office? People ask me if I ever want to be a commissioner. I always say I’d much rather support one.

What is your best quality? My work ethic.

What is a typical day like? Our schedule is jam-packed with so many meetings. We might be meeting with a constituent or going on a hospital tour at the new Fisherman’s Hospital. With Covid, it was Zooms all day, but now we’re going back to in-person. (Coldiron) is very involved on a bunch of boards and committees, all while we’re preparing for a regular BOCC meeting.

What is your favorite part of your day? When I’m able to tell someone there’s a solution to their problems. We have gotten so many phone calls that say, “I’ve exhausted all efforts to get my mom a vaccine. I don’t know what to do. Can you please help me?” “Yes I can.” It was nice to be able to tell people that we can get them vaccinated this week.

What is your least favorite part of your day? When I do not have a solution to a problem, which just means we have to search harder to find one. Fortunately, county staff does an excellent job at that.

What accomplishment are you the most proud of? The fact that I completely started a new life here in the Keys. And I have continued to just rise above each challenge. There have been many, I will say that. It has not been easy.

What about the Florida Keys makes you the happiest? A flat calm day on the water. My boyfriend and I have a boat, a Hydra-Sports.

What advice would you give to an ambitious young lady? Nothing is impossible.

What is your secret talent that no one knows about? I am an orchid whisperer. I never thought I had that talent at all, but I moved to a place that had orchids and I revived them all. I realized that maybe I do have a green thumb.

What was the last thing you ordered on Amazon? I don’t remember. Let me look really fast… (Looks at orders on device.) Ziplock bags! That’s so boring. (laughs)

Did you watch Bridgerton on Netflix? I watched three episodes. Not enough to draw me in.

What’s your perfect day at home? (Sighs) Sleeping in and ordering pizza. And going on that boat.

Here’s a truly controversial question: Brownies. With nuts or without? Without. Hands down.

Who would be your favorite dinner party attendants, living or dead? Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, and my boyfriend, Bill, who I would choose over any of the other people. He’s great. 

What is your favorite movie? Shawshank Redemption.

Where would you most like to go in the world? Rome.

Whom would you most like to meet? Stevie Nicks. And I’d like her to be at that dinner party as well (laughs).

The post 20 QUESTIONS WITH KATIE ATKINS, THE JOURNALIST WHO JUMPED INTO POLITICS appeared first on Florida Keys Weekly Newspapers.

Florida Keys Weekly

#floridakeys, #upperfloridakeys, #upperkeys, #upperkeysmortgage, 20 Questions, The Weekly Interview

*Assumes 2.799% APR, 20% down payment, and conforming 30-year fixed rate first mortgage on a single family, primary residence. The monthly payment you enter includes only principal and interest. Additional required amounts such as taxes, insurance, home owner association dues, assessments, mortgage insurance premiums, flood insurance or other such required payments should also be considered. Not all individuals will qualify for a mortgage loan based on the payment entered. Rates cited are for instructional purposes only; current rates are subject to change at any time without notice.  **Posted APR is based on Mortgage Assumptions
Copyright © 2021 Fidelity Home Group supports Equal Housing Opportunity | All Right Reserved  | NMLS Identifier 1834853. Fidelity Home Group is not affiliated with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Not intended for legal or financial advice, consult your own professionals if such advice is sought. Accessibility Statement  | Consent to Receive Electronic Loan Documents  |  Cookies Policy   |  Disclosures  | Email and Mobile PolicyFair Lending Policy  |  Mortgage Assumptions  |  NMLS Consumer Access  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Use 

Florida Keys Mortgage | Fidelity Home Group
2011 Flagler Ave, Key West, FL 33040

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8am to 7pm EST
Saturday - Sunday 10am to 6 pm EST