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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michele Weldon  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1958 in Oak Park, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Michele Weldon still lives and works in the Chicagoland area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Weldon is an Author, Journalist, Educator and Speaker. She is an associate professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, author of two award-winning books and journalist for more than 25 years writing for newspapers and magazines. Her first book, ''I Closed My Eyes'' is a creative nonfiction memoir avaiablable in seven languages. ''Writing to Save Your Life: How To Honor Your Story Through Journaling'' is an instructive and entertaining book about the process of writing as healing. Weldon offers Writing to Save Your Life Workshops around the country and offers keynotes around the country on issues of journalism and advocacy for women and nonviolence. A succesful keynote for nonprofit organizations and businesses for the past 10 years, Weldon has spoken before more than 150 major organizations from the March of Dimes and Northern Trust Bank to the Journalism and Women Symposium and the Northwestern University Women in Leadership Conference. With a bachelors and masters degree from Northwestern's Medill, Weldon has written for newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Times Herald, New York Times and scores more for decades. She has written for national and local magazines including Parenting, Writers Digest, Woman's Day, Dial, West Suburban Living, Chicago, Bride's, Seventeen, Personal Journaling and many others. She is a former editor at ADWEEK, North Shore Magazine and Fairchild Publications and was a columnist at the Dallas Times Herald.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman
ISBN: 156838341X

Hazelden Publishing. 1999

The author describes her nine-year marriage to an abusive husband and the difficulty of raising three sons alone

Writing to Save Your Life: How to Honor Your Story Through Journaling
ISBN: 1568387423

Hazelden Publishing. 2001

Michele Weldon understands the healing power of words. Written words. Words that come from deep within ourselves. Unedited thoughts. Uprooted recollections. Unsettled feelings.

She introduces the process of "scribotherapy" as a method of using one's own words to honor life's difficulties and blessings. It is a regimen Weldon expertly practices and shares in this instructive and very entertaining book--offering essays, exercises, and encouragement to awaken the writer in you.

Everyman News: The Changing American Front Page
ISBN: 082621777X

University of Missouri. 2007

One need only look at the front pages of newspapers over the past few years to see that something has changed. Stories are more personal, more inclusive, less distant from readers’ experiences. Once called the first draft of history, news has become more of an anecdotal companion. The evidence is telling: stories use more unofficial sources than ever before the “inverted pyramid” form of news writing is barely practiced and, especially after 9/11, tragedy has become more humanized.

Scanning the crowded media landscape, Michele Weldon—a journalist passionate about her profession—takes a fresh look at how newspapers have carved out a narrative niche that reflects society’s fascination with personal stories and readers’ demands for diversity in content. Comparing some 850 stories, story approaches, and unofficial sourcing in twenty American newspapers for eight dates in 2001 and 2004—a total of 160 front pages—she shows a shift toward features over hard news, along with an increase in anecdotal or humanistic approaches to all stories.

Everyman News offers a provocative look at why American newspapers have become story papers, with their content and style saying as much about our culture as they do about the journalists and the readers. Weldon shows that a variety of forces both inside and outside journalism—blogs, citizen journalism, newsroom diversity, and other factors—have converged to remake the front page, and she unveils the content of “everyman news” as a commodity apart from the mode of delivery. Her assessment also incorporates more than fifty interviews with people connected to journalism about what these changes mean—revealing that not everyone in the industry believes they are for the better.

Is everyman news perhaps right for its time, or is it merely a symptom of what Weldon calls “Chicken Little journalism”? Weighing in on such matters as the New York Times’s “Portraits of Grief” series and the dangers of the blogosphere, she invites readers to make their own calls in this original and important contribution to the study of media. Everyman News is a book that will contribute to our understanding of newspapers in the new century—must reading for professionals and an eye-opener for anyone trying to comprehend the significant shifts in today’s front pages.


Chicago Women in Publishing

Women's Peacepower award

Speaking Engagements

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