Hello. My name is Kate and I write things. Often. As TED's staff writer, I edit the TED Blog, where I peel back the curtain on TED's inside workings and share the amazing things happening in our global community. I also write many of the stories you see in our online magazine, Ideas.TED.com, and create headlines and blurbs for talks. To contact with me with a comment or story tip, please write me at kate (at) ted (dot) com. As a journalist, I am continually fascinated by people and their passions. I've written about bike polo diehards and karaoke regulars as a reporter for The New York Times, and female cab drivers and professional roadies as an associate editor at Jane Magazine. My articles have also appeared in Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The New York Observer, Glamour, Page Six Magazine and many other publications. My book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, was heralded as a "a spirited, fascinating, at times disturbing and always absorbing book" by Joyce Carol Oates and as “a fist-pumping, Astroturf-banging tribute to the women and men who make up the in-world of competitive college cheerleading,” by The New York Post. The book was the inspiration for The CW series, Hellcats, for which I served as a consulting producer. Overall, my writing is fueled by a general curiosity for what is, and a sense of awe for human beings and their quirks.
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An idea worth spreading
That absolutely everyone has a story that could not only help you see inside their world, but help you better understand your own.
I'm passionate about
TED, listening to people's stories, chocolate, penguins and seas turtles
Talk to me about
The big challenge in your work — or life — that is often on your mind.
People don't know I'm good at
I bake a mean pecan pie and can solve a Rubik's Cube in 1 minute and 50 seconds. Or at least, did once at Rubik's Cubing Nationals.