Carol Felsenthal specializes in writing biographies and magazine profiles. She has written five books, among them unauthorized biographies of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Katharine Graham, and S.I. Newhouse, Jr. First serial rights to her books have sold to Vanity Fair, Family Circle, and Woman's Day. Excerpts from her books and articles have appeared in newspapers across the country and abroad. She is a Contributing Editor at Chicago magazine.
Her latest book is Clinton in Exile: A President Out of the White House, a close look at Bill Clinton's post presidency. The book was published on May 6, 2008 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins and will be released in paperback this June.
HBO has signed to produce a television adaptation of her biography of Katharine Graham, Power, Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story. Joan Didion has written the revised screenplay.
In 2005 and 2006 she taught "Writing Profiles" at the University of Chicago-a course that drew on her experience writing magazine profiles of people ranging from Ann Landers to Don Rumsfeld. She has also given speeches around the country and abroad and appeared on scores of television and radio shows to talk about her experiences writing unauthorized biographies of some of the country's most powerful people. (Among them the Today Show, the "Charlie Rose Show, McNeil/Lehrer Newshour, the BBC, and she is a frequent guest on the syndicated radio/television show Beyond the Beltway.)
Her most recent magazine profile is of Michelle Obama and appears on the cover of the Feburary 2009 issue of Chicago magazine.
Others include film critic Roger Ebert, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, gossip columnist Irv Kupcinet, advice columnist Ann Landers, former Commerce Secretary and Gore Campaign chairman William Daley, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The Ann Landers profile ran as the cover story of Chicago magazine in February, 2003, made news in publications worldwide, and several newspapers, including The New York Daily News, serialized it. [Felsenthal's profile of Irv Kupcinet won the 2004 Peter Lisagor Award for In-Depth Reporting awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists.]
She has been the featured speaker for many organizations around the country, as well as for schools, including the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois in Urbana, and Columbia University Law School in New York.
A native Chicagoan, Felsenthal was educated in the Chicago public schools, the University of Illinois at Urbana, where she received her B.A with High Honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Boston College, where she received her M.A. She is married to Steven Felsenthal, an attorney. They have three children and live in Chicago.
writing about politics, especially blogging for the Huffington Post, reading, music, spending time with my family and with my dog, Henry
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