BRUCE KLUGER, Co-Author (www.brucekluger.com) is a writer, columnist and commentator whose work appears nationwide in newspapers and magazines, and on the Internet. A member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today, Bruce is also a frequent columnist for Parenting magazine, and a regular contributor to National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post. He has written about current events, family and the popular culture for, among others, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Time.com, Salon.com, Alternet.org, NickJr.com and the Sesame Street Workshop. He co-edited the books The Right Words at the Right Time, Vol. 2: Your Turn! (Atria Books) and Thanks & Giving: All Year Long (Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing), both by
Marlo Thomas.(The CD version of the latter book, for which Bruce served as Associate Producer, won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.) Since 2001, Bruce has written satire with David Slavin. Their work is regularly featured on NPR’s "All Things Considered" and in The Los Angeles Times. Their satirical memoir, Young Dick Cheney: Great American (AlterNet Books), was published in 2008. Bruce lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.
DAVID TABATSKY, Co-Author (www.tabatsky.com) is the co-author of The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support & Love (March 2009; Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing). He was Consulting Editor for Marlo Thomas’s bestselling collection, The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn! (Atria Books). David wrote and published two editions of What’s Cool Berlin, a comic travel guide to Germany’s capital, and has written about family and culture for, among others, The Forward, Parenting magazine, and Sesame Street Parent. He has worked professionally in theatre and circus as an actor, clown and juggler, appearing at New York’s Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre, as well as throughout United States, Europe, Russia and Japan (including his critically acclaimed solo performance at the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival). David has taught and directed for The American School of London, die Etage in Berlin, the Big Apple Circus School and the United Nations International School. He is on the theatre faculty at Adelphi University and is a teaching artist for The Henry Street Settlement. David lives in New York City with his children, Max and Stella.
LINDA ELLERBEE, Foreword (www.ldp.com) is an outspoken journalist, award-winning television producer, best-selling author, breast cancer survivor, mom, grandmother and one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Ellerbee began her career at CBS, and then moved to NBC News where she pioneered the late- night news program NBC News Overnight, which she wrote and anchored. In 1986, Ellerbee moved to ABC News to anchor and write Our World, a weekly primetime historical series which earned her an Emmy. In 1987, Ellerbee and Rolfe Tessem, her partner, quit network news to start Lucky Duck Productions, which in 1991 began producing Nick News for Nickelodeon, with Ellerbee writing and hosting. Eighteen years later, Nick News is watched by more children than watch all other television news shows put together, and has earned honors traditionally associated with adult programming. Known for the respectful and direct way it speaks to children about the important issues of our time, Nick News has collected three Peabody Awards, a duPont Columbia Award and six Emmys.
Bruce Kluger photograph by Sarina Finkelstein David Tabatsky photograph by Kai Heinrich Linda Ellerbee photograph by Rolfe Tessem
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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