Katherine Ellison

Katherine Ellison – Ghostwriter

I coach, consult & edit, for triple-venti prose that adds clarity & impact to your memoirs, op-eds and other non-fiction projects.


"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.
Biographies & Memoirs Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing Parenting & Families Psychology
English (US)
  • Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting
  • George Polk Award
  • Overseas Press Club Human Rights Award

Work experience


Jan, 2000 — Present

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.

Knight Ridder Newspapers

Oct, 1987 — Jan, 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.


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... 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 bee... 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... 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 pres... 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 $... 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 bec... read more

Stephen P. Hinshaw

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 ... 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 ef... read more

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 behavio... read more

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