BRUCE KLUGER, Co-Author ( 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,,,, 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 ( 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 ( 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


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