Office Hours with Kate White

Former Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan

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About Kate White, Former Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan

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Kate White is recognized internationally as not only the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the bestselling young women’s magazine in the world, but also the critically acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Few high-profile editors have successfully balanced the rigors of overseeing a major magazine with a thriving and independent writing career.

It all began when Kate won Glamour magazine’s Top Ten College Women contest and appeared on the cover.  She earned a position at the magazine and quickly rose from editorial assistant to feature writer and columnist. After holding key jobs at several national magazines, she became an editor-in-chief, running four magazines (including Redbook) before taking the helm at Cosmopolitan in 1998. In the 13 years she’s been at Cosmo, guaranteed circulation has grown by 700,000. She also oversees Cosmo Books, Cosmopolitan.com, and the apps Cosmo produces.

Drawing on experiences from her successful career, Kate published the bestselling career bible, Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead… but Gutsy Girls Do. Her next career book, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know, was published in Fall 2012.

Kate also has a passion for writing fiction. Penning her first novel, If Looks Could Kill, in 2002—which was selected as Live With Regis and Kelly’s first Reading With Ripa book-club pick and shot to number one on Amazon—Kate introduced her feisty and irreverent sleuth, Bailey Weggins.  Bailey went on to solve more grisly murders and entertain readers in A Body to Die For (2003), Til Death Do Us Part (2004), Over Her Dead Body (2005), and then again in Lethally Blond (2007), all New York Times bestsellers. The most recent Bailey Weggins mystery, So Pretty It Hurts, was published March 2012.

Kate’s first stand-alone thriller, Hush, was published by HarperCollins in March 2010 and became  a New York Times bestseller. Her next thriller, The Sixes, published in 2012, is the story of Phoebe Hall, who takes a job teaching at a college and discovers a secret society on campus that may be responsible for several grisly murders.

Kate’s writer’s eye has been described by The New York Times as “scathingly observant,” capturing “the mood…with a verisimilitude some of her peers might recognize.” The Los Angeles Times says of Kate’s work: “It’s like devouring a box of chocolates!”

Through her magazine work and her books, Kate White has influenced at least two generations of women with her unique honesty, passion, and imagination. She is the winner of the Matrix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communication as well as the Woodhall Institute Award for Ethical Leadership.

Kate is married with two children.

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