Kael has worked extensively covering culture, politics and conflict in the Balkans and the Middle East for many US and European magazines and newspapers including Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The New York Times, Times (London), The Guardian, The San Fransisco Chronicle, NRC Handelsbad (Netherlands), Vanity Fair, and others. She was based in the Balkans from 1996-2003.
Kael covered the US invasion of Iraq and worked there until 2004. Her photography from Iraq focuses on the birth of the Iraqi resistance groups, and the impact of the US invasion on security and the lives of Iraqi civilians. That work was included in the book and exhibition “Unembedded: Four Independent Journalists on the War in Iraq” (Chelsea Green, 2005).
She is currently working on a multimedia project documenting coastal erosion in southeast Louisiana and the impact of environmental degradation on the communities there. The photography is commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She has taught writing and photojournalism at the American University in Bulgaria and documentary photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. She is currently a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University and is represented by Panos Pictures in London. Kael has a degree in English Literature from Boston University and a MA in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She was born in Middletown, NY, 1971.