Kayleigh Skinner is a graduate of The University of Mississippi. During her time at Ole Miss she contributed regularly to the school’s publication The Daily Mississippian and city newspaper The Oxford Eagle. Her work for The Hechinger Report has appeared in The Clarion Ledger, Jackson Free Press and The Sun Herald. She is from Canada where she primarily learned French growing up. When she moved to California in the third grade she was very bad at reading and writing in English, so she taught herself by reading "The Petsitters Club" book series.