An award-winning journalist, author and educator from Portland, Oregon, Julie Whipple held an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University with an emphasis on nonfiction. She worked as a reporter in Kenya and Tanzania where she was the East Africa correspondent for the London-based, weekly news magazine Africa Economic Digest. She also filed stories for the London Observer, South Magazine, Radio France International and Deutsche Welle, among other news outlets. In the United States, her work has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, The Oregonian, the Portland Business Journal and Portland Monthly Magazine. She was a member of the Authors Guild and PEN America.

She and her first book, Crash Course (2018), have been featured on KOIN 6 News, KATU 2, KBOO radio, The Oregonian and at Powell’s Books on Burnside in Portland. In June 2023, she published Writing Shotgun: Tales From The Passenger Seat, a collection of short stories and poems. Both book are available at, and other booksellers.

Julie passed away on July 15, 2023.