Korey is originally from Maryland. She traveled all the way to Minnesota in order to attend college at Macalester, and there she fell in love with the Midwest. She got her bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy, and enjoyed hosting public observatory nights and doing her first professional observing at the Very Large Array in New Mexico. She detoured back east to attend a Ph.D. program in astronomy at George Mason University in Virginia. She spent most of her time in grad school at NASA Goddard, studying exoplanet atmospheres and looking for water on alien worlds with the help of telescopes like Hubble and Keck. Even while working on research and enjoying observing, she was already drifting toward astronomy outreach and communication. She became a writer for Astrobites, a blog that posts daily summaries of astronomy journal articles, and she also enjoyed volunteering at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum with their Public Observatory Program. Joining Astronomy was a natural next step.
When she's not thinking about astronomy, Korey enjoys hiking with her fiancé, Tom, and her dog, Dessa, or cooking without their help. She also likes reading, swing dancing, and consuming massive amounts of television and movies, especially science fiction. She's looking forward to exploring Milwaukee.