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Katherine Ellison

Katherine Ellison - Ghostwriter

San Anselmo, CA, United States

I specialize in triple-venti prose that adds clarity & impact. Genres include neuroscience, environment & politics.

Overview

"Katherine Ellison's skills as a writer and an editor are unparalleled. She'll make your work focused, incisive, hard-hitting, and deep," says UCSF Prof. Stephen Hinshaw, a longtime collaborator.

I'm a Pulitzer-prize-winning former foreign correspondent and author, co-author and ghost-writer of ten non-fiction books, on topics including environmental conservation, progressive education, neuroscience, and ADHD. Over the years, I've enjoyed helping thought-leaders including major philanthropists, investors, and scientists craft hard-hitting messages in books, speeches, and congressional testimony. As an investigative journalist, I can help with research as well as prose. Recent major projects have included an investigation into causes of US maternal morbidity for ProPublica, research and writing for a memoir for one of America's most famous entrepreneurs, a popular guidebook on understanding ADHD, and a cross-country report for the Tremaine Foundation on adoption of renewable energy projects by political conservatives. I love to collaborate and help bring out the best in others to create work with lasting impact.

Services
Book Ghostwriting Book Proposal Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Parenting & Families Psychology

Awards

  • Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting
  • George Polk Award
  • Overseas Press Club Human Rights Award

Work experience

Author, consultant, journalist, editor

Self-employed
January, 2000 – Present (about 18 years)

As head of Ink, Inc., I have provided services in consulting, researching, and writing, while producing books and magazine articles of my own since 2000.

Foreign Correspondent

Knight Ridder Newspapers
October, 1987 – January, 2000 (over 12 years)

From 1987 to 2000 I covered Latin America for Knight Ridder Newspapers, first as chief of the Mexico City bureau and then as chief of the South America bureau, based in Rio de Janeiro.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America's Schools

Tom Little, Katherine Ellison

Noted educator Tom Little and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Katherine Ellison reveal the home-grown solution to turning American students into life-long learners. The longtime head of Park Day School, Tom Little embarked on a tour of 43 progressive schools across the country. In this book, his life’s work, he interweaves his teaching experience, the knowledge he gleaned from his trip, and ... read more

Noted educator Tom Little and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Katherine Ellison reveal the home-grown solution to turning American students into life-long learners. The longtime head of Park Day School, Tom Little embarked on a tour of 43 progressive schools across the country. In this book, his life’s work, he interweaves his teaching experience, the knowledge he gleaned from his trip, and ... read more

Buzz

Katherine Ellison

"An absorbing, sharply observed memoir."-Kirkus ReviewsA hilarious and heartrending account of one mother's journey to understand and reconnect with her high-spirited preteen son-a true story sure to beguile parents grappling with a child's bewildering behavior.Popular literature is filled with the stories of self-sacrificing mothers bravely tending to their challenging children. Katherine Ell... read more

"An absorbing, sharply observed memoir."-Kirkus ReviewsA hilarious and heartrending account of one mother's journey to understand and reconnect with her high-spirited preteen son-a true story sure to beguile parents grappling with a child's bewildering behavior.Popular literature is filled with the stories of self-sacrificing mothers bravely tending to their challenging children. Katherine Ell... read more

The Mommy Brain

Katherine Ellison

In The Mommy Brain, Katherine Ellison reveals the ways that women get smarter after having kids. Motherhood makes women more perceptive, efficient, resilient, motivated, and emotionally intelligent -- all of which adds up to tremendous mental enrichment and effectiveness.

In The Mommy Brain, Katherine Ellison reveals the ways that women get smarter after having kids. Motherhood makes women more perceptive, efficient, resilient, motivated, and emotionally intelligent -- all of which adds up to tremendous mental enrichment and effectiveness.

ADHD

Stephen P. Hinshaw, Katherine Ellison

Rates of diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are skyrocketing, throughout America and the rest of the world. U.S. rates of youth diagnosis have increased 40% from just a decade ago. Adults with ADHD are now the fastest-growing segment of the population receiving diagnosis and medication. The disorder is painful and sometimes disabling for individuals and tremendously c... read more

Rates of diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are skyrocketing, throughout America and the rest of the world. U.S. rates of youth diagnosis have increased 40% from just a decade ago. Adults with ADHD are now the fastest-growing segment of the population receiving diagnosis and medication. The disorder is painful and sometimes disabling for individuals and tremendously c... read more

The New Economy of Nature

Gretchen Daily, Katherine Ellison

Why shouldn't people who deplete our natural assets have to pay, and those who protect them reap profits? Conservation-minded entrepreneurs and others around the world are beginning to ask just that question, as the increasing scarcity of natural resources becomes a tangible threat to our own lives and our hopes for our children. The New Economy of Nature brings together Gretchen Daily, one of... read more

Why shouldn't people who deplete our natural assets have to pay, and those who protect them reap profits? Conservation-minded entrepreneurs and others around the world are beginning to ask just that question, as the increasing scarcity of natural resources becomes a tangible threat to our own lives and our hopes for our children. The New Economy of Nature brings together Gretchen Daily, one of... read more

Square Peg

Todd Rose

In the seventh grade, Todd Rose was suspended-not for the first time-for throwing six stink bombs at the blackboard, where his art teacher stood with his back to the class. At eighteen, he was a high school dropout, stocking shelves at a department store for $4.25 an hour. Today, Rose is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Square Peg illuminates the struggles of millio... read more

In the seventh grade, Todd Rose was suspended-not for the first time-for throwing six stink bombs at the blackboard, where his art teacher stood with his back to the class. At eighteen, he was a high school dropout, stocking shelves at a department store for $4.25 an hour. Today, Rose is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Square Peg illuminates the struggles of millio... read more

The Atlas of Global Conservation: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities to Make a Difference

Jonathan Hoekstra, Jennifer L. Molnar, Michael Jennings, Carmen Revenga, Mark D. Spalding, Katherine Ellison

Visually rich, up-to-date, and authoritative, The Atlas of Global Conservation is a premier resource for everyone concerned about the natural world. Drawing from the best data available, it is an unprecedented guide to the state of the planet and our most pressing resource and environmental issues. Top scientists at The Nature Conservancy, the leading conservation organization working around t... read more

Visually rich, up-to-date, and authoritative, The Atlas of Global Conservation is a premier resource for everyone concerned about the natural world. Drawing from the best data available, it is an unprecedented guide to the state of the planet and our most pressing resource and environmental issues. Top scientists at The Nature Conservancy, the leading conservation organization working around t... read more

Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century

Monica Martinez, Dennis McGrath

While education reformers and policy makers grapple with big fixes and the politics of national initiatives, most teachers and parents share the simple and urgent desire for students―especially those from low-income communities―to be on the road to college and ultimately to develop into people who will be equipped to thrive in the unpredictable future ahead of them. Nevertheless, the great maj... read more

While education reformers and policy makers grapple with big fixes and the politics of national initiatives, most teachers and parents share the simple and urgent desire for students―especially those from low-income communities―to be on the road to college and ultimately to develop into people who will be equipped to thrive in the unpredictable future ahead of them. Nevertheless, the great maj... read more

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today's Push for Performance

Stephen P. Hinshaw, Richard M. Scheffler

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions today. With skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment, it has generated a firestorm of controversy. Alarming questions have been raised about ADHD in recent years, including:*Why are one in nine children and adolescents in the U.S. now diagnosed with ADHD, with p... read more

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions today. With skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment, it has generated a firestorm of controversy. Alarming questions have been raised about ADHD in recent years, including:*Why are one in nine children and adolescents in the U.S. now diagnosed with ADHD, with p... read more

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