Kate Torgovnick is a writer, freelance journalist, and author of the new book CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. She was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, but moved to New York City to attend Barnard College. At Barnard, Kate majored in sociology and honed her writing skills as the editor and chief of the Barnard Bulletin. Upon graduation she worked at Jane magazine, where she began as an assistant to the magazine’s editor Jane Pratt. She quickly worked her way up and soon became an associate editor until 2006, when she decided to take a leave of absence to start a new project. That project would become her first book Cheer!, which offers an insiders view into the world of cheerleading.
As a freelance journalist, Kate has written for The New York Times and Page Six Magazine, including an article titled “Beauty Tools Plucked From Produce Aisles”. Her witty work can also be found in many other publications including, but not limited to, Time.com, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Glamour, The New York Daily News, Good Housekeeping, and Radar Online. Kate is also the current pop culture and news editor for TheFrisky.com, an entertaining and successful online magazine dedicated to celebrity gossip, entertainment, fashion, news, and life advice for women in their 20’s and 30’s.
Kate is also a contributor to the group blog Crucial Minutiae, which is a hilarious and clever blog dedicated to “the small things around us.” Kate’s column “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” will be appearing on Mondays for the next several months. In addition, Crucial Minutiae also features Kate’s Cheer! Blog.
During her down time, Kate enjoys swimming, watching documentary films, and attending concerts in New York City. She lives by the motto “The truth is always stranger than fiction,” and advises new writers to “Get over this idea of “finding your voice.” You don’t find it—it just is. Just write things the way you want to write them.” For more information about Kate and the new book CHEER! you can visit her website http://www.katetorgovnick.com/author.php.
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Torgovnick, Kate. “Beauty Tools Plucked From Produce Aisles.” Fashion and Style. The New York Times, 24 Dec. 2008. Web. 23 Sept. 2009. <http://www.nytimes.com>.
Torgovnick, Kate. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.” Crucial Minutiae. Web. 24 Sept. 2009. <http://www.crucialminutiae.com/>.
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