Cathy Free

Salt Lake City

Stories about humanity for Inspired Life.
Cathy Free is a former contributing editor for Reader's Digest and worked as a human interest correspondent for People Magazine before joining The Post. She started her journalism career in high school as a copy clerk at The Salt Lake Tribune, where she became a feature writer and columnist. She has also worked as a daily local columnist for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. There is nothing she enjoys more than traveling on a road she's never been on to talk to somebody she's never met.
Latest from Cathy Free

World’s oldest chicken is 21: ‘Peanut loves to sit in my lap and watch TV’

“Peanut is a sassy little chicken — if she doesn’t get her blueberry yogurt in the morning, I definitely hear about it,” Marsi Parker Darwin says.

August 29, 2023

He was a lifelong bachelor. Now he’s getting married at age 93.

“In my case, it’s literally true: You only get married once,” Joseph Potenzano, 93, said. “This is a marriage that will last for my lifetime.”

August 24, 2023

Dog paralyzed in hit-and-run was adopted, then learned to wag his tail

He was adopted by Kellyn Murphy, a physical therapy assistant, who fell in love with him and has been helping him get back his mobility.

August 20, 2023

At age 114, here’s her advice: ‘Speak your mind and don’t hold your tongue’

Elizabeth Francis, born in 1909, lives in Houston with her 94-year-old daughter.

August 18, 2023

Baker’s cookie portraits offer bite-size Asian American history lessons

“My cookie faces are the faces of people I wish I’d been able to learn more about when I was younger,” Pittsburgh baker Jasmine Cho said.

August 14, 2023

Walrus pup rescued in Alaska needs 24/7 human cuddling

"Honestly, to have him lean up against you while he’s sleeping is magical," walrus caretaker Hanna Beane says.

August 9, 2023

Dog sat in shelter 11 years: ‘Not one person has ever noticed her until now’

Vanessa, a senior pit bull, was dropped off at the Louisiana shelter in 2012 when she was a puppy and her owners didn’t want her anymore.

August 5, 2023

Family rescues baby squirrel, builds him tiny burger shack

Whataburger fans started messaging the family, wondering if they were up for building more miniature burger shacks. They were not.

August 4, 2023

Feeling lonely, she got a kitten. He became U.K. Cat of the Year.

"He’d had no training at all, but his cat instincts and curiosity seemed to tell him that I needed his help," said Genevieve Moss, who is deaf.

August 1, 2023

A teen needed a kidney. His geometry teacher happened to be a match.

“It will be pretty crazy when I watch him walk by,” teacher Eddie McCarthy said about his student. “I’ll be able to say, ‘There goes my kidney.’”

July 29, 2023