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Michele Weldon

Author, Journalist, Keynoter
Northwestern University


An award-winning journalist and author for more than 33 years, Michele Weldon is an assistant professor of journalism at the Medill School of Northwestern University, where she has taught for 16 years. She is a seminar leader with The OpEd Project and their Public Voices Fellowships at Stanford, Princeton and Northwestern universities, initiatives aimed to increase the diversity of voice in public discourse with thought leadership training of women and minority scholars.  

Weldon is the author of three critically acclaimed nonfiction books, I Closed My Eyes, (Hazelden/ HCI, 1999); Writing to Save Your Life (Hazelden/HCI, 2001) and “Everyman News: The Changing American Front Page” (University of Missouri, 2008). She recently completed a fourth nonfiction book, Escape Points. 
Chapters she has authored are included in This I Believe on Fatherhood (Wiley, 2011); Encyclopedia of 21st Century Media (Sage, 2009); and Conversations with Joyce Carol Oates (University Press of Mississippi, 1989). She is a columnist for The Huffington Post on media and women’s issues, has been featured as a storyteller on on NPR and her narrated, animated lessons are available on TED Ed, an academic division of  
She has written for hundreds of newspapers, websites, magazines and radio such as Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times,, Dallas Times Herald, Dial,  Los Angeles Times,, Newsday, New York Times,  Parenting, Seventeen, Writer’s Digest, womensenews, Woman’s Day and more, including academic publications such as Harvard’s Nieman Narrative Digest.
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,”  ““Milt Rosenberg Show,” “WBEZ’s 848 Chicago,” “NBC’s Later Today,” “ABC Sunday Morning,” “CBS Morning Show,” and BBC-TV.