An award-winning author and journalist for more than 33 years, Michele Weldon is an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a leader with The OpEd Project. She is also director of the Northwestern Public Voices Fellowship. She is the author of three books and a forthcoming nonfiction memoir about raising her three sons alone, overcoming cancer, working hard and reaping support from a wrestling family and an amazing wrestling coach who faces his own challenges.
Her third book, “Everyman News: The Changing American Front Page,” won the 2009 National Federation of Press Women award for nonfiction books. Weldon contributed a chapter, “The Changing Nature of News” to the Encylopedia of 21st Century Media (Sage) published in July 2009.
Her first book, I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman, (Hazelden, 1999) has had more than a dozen printings and was translated into seven languages, recently relased as an ebook in 2012. Weldon’s second book, Writing to Save Your Life (Hazelden, 2001), has been translated into four languages and the basis of her Writing to Save Your Life Workshops and is also an ebook as of 2012. See all books available on amazon.com
She has written for newspapers, websites, magazines and radio such as the Al Jazeera, Alternet, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago magazine, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Dallas Times Herald, New York Times, Woman’s Day, Parenting, Dial, Seventeen, US Catholic, Writer’s Digest, West Suburban Living, Womnesnews and many more.
Weldon has delivered more than 200 keynotes across the country and Canada. and has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows in the United States, Europe and Canada including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Jenny Jones,” “Milt Rosenberg Show,” “NBC’s Later Today,” “ABC Sunday Morning,” “CBS Morning Show,” and BBC-TV.
Weldon has three sons, Weldon, Brendan and Colin, all who have wrestled or are wrestlers and she will never in a gazillion years wear a singlet herself. They are now grown men at 24, 22 and 19, but she still cheers them on.
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