Burnette earns master’s degree


Judge Katherine Burnette received her Masters in Fine Arts degree in fiction from Queens University in Charlotte on Jan. 12, 2019.

As part of the program, in addition to fiction, she also studied poetry, creative nonfiction and stage and screen. She has written several short stories and is currently at work on a novel.

Burnette is married to local attorney Tom Burnette. They live in Oxford and have two adult children: Sally, an adjunct professor at Emerson College in Boston and Sonny, currently hiking in Arizona.

Katherine Burnette was appointed state district court judge by Gov. Roy Cooper in October, 2018. She serves as a judge in Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties. Prior to her service as a judge, she was an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, where she prosecuted violent crimes in the criminal division.

She earned her BA and JD degrees from Wake Forest University.


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