About Katie Burke

Katie Burke is the author of Urban Playground: What Kids Say About Living in San Francisco. She also writes Noe Kids, a monthly column for The Noe Valley Voice, featuring children who live in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood.


Katie has taught creative writing to children and adults in Kenya, South Africa, and San Francisco. She  facilitates journalism workshops with incarcerated journalists at San Quentin State Prison, through San Quentin’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter. Katie regularly travels to New Orleans, and her writing expresses her appreciation for San Francisco's and New Orleans’ eccentric characters.

Also a family law attorney, Katie writes judicial and attorney profiles for San Francisco Attorney Magazine. Her other publications include HarperCollins, the L.A. Times, and KQED Perspectives.

Katie earned her law degree at The University of San Francisco School of Law, her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University, and her BA in Psychology at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

A Kid-Sized Window Into City Life.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being a kid in an urban center? Are you raising a city kid? City life is full of thrills and bummers, both for kids and the adults who love them. 


Urban Playground explores the experience of kids living in cities—what makes urban living special for kids and why some are over it.

Writer of Noe Kids, her column of kid profiles for San Francisco neighborhood newspaper The Noe Valley Voice, Katie Burke brings city kids’ personalities and perspectives to the page, leading readers to see the joys and challenges inherent to being a city kid.