Dorothy Hammill called and she wants her haircut back.
Seriously, whoever told you to do this to your hair:
hates you. Like a lot.
Unless they said, "You know, I'm thinking something really butch-ish, kind of 80s...maybe we could work a mullet in somehow? Something that will age you 20 years instantly!" they were completely lying to your ass. Because it is HORRIBLE.
Horrible. I didn't even recognize you.
Why did you do this? You're cute. That's your thing. No shame in it, not even for a journalist. Better to be cute than to look like a 65 year old lesbian. Come on now.
I'm going to trust that you had your doubts, and that some jealous bitch (or perhaps a pack of them, they do travel like that) said, "No Katie, it looks really pretty. I swear. It's very flattering, I love it." while snickering behind your back.
Oh well, it will grow. Let's hope it does it quick; it's painful to look at.
P.S. Good job on the inauguration coverage! I did enjoy it, other than your hair and Aretha's hat. In fact, I think the hat would've been a better solution for you...
Edited to add: My P.S. got me to thinking and I decided to try Aretha's hat on you. I think you'll find it's a better solution while waiting for that mess to grow out. We'll all understand: