An award-winning journalist and author for more than three decades, Michele Weldon is emerita faculty in journalism at the Medill School, Northwestern University, where she taught on the graduate and undergraduate levels for 18 years. She is director of the Northwestern Public Voices Fellowship for The OpEd Project, where she is a senior leader. For The OpEd Project, a social justice mission to increase the range of voices in thought leadership, she has taught and mentored several hundred academics, nonprofit and business leaders around the U.S. and the U.K.
Weldon is the author of five nonfiction books, the best-selling I Closed My Eyes (1999); Writing To Save Your Life (2001); Everyman News (2008); Me and My Three Sons (2014) and Escape Points: A Memoir (2015). She has contributed chapters in seven other books and anthologies. Commenting on media, gender and popular culture, her commentary appears in outlets such as New York Times, Al Jazeera, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Medium, More.com, Newsday, Pacific Standard Magazine, Parenting, Quartz, Seventeen, Slate, U.S. Catholic, Woman’s Day. Writer’s Digest, and hundreds more.
Weldon, a mother of three grown sons, has delivered close to 200 keynotes. She has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and shows on NPR, NBC, ABC, CNN, Al Jazeera America, Huffington Post Live, CBS and BBC.
Prior to teaching at NU, she worked as an editor, columnist and staff writer on newspapers and magazines for 17 years, including Fairchild Puiblications, ADWEEK and the Dallas Times Herald.
An NU with a BSJ and MSJ, Weldon co-directed TEDX NorthwesternU 2014. She has narrated lessons for TED Ed and competed in the 2012 Moth Story Chicago GrandSlam in 2012. She is a member of the advisory board for Life Matters Media, Friends of Battered Women and Global Girl Media; and a former member of the board of directors of Journalism & Women Symposium.