Kate Torgovnick

Not that it’s her only claim to fame, but Kate Torgovnick is the daughter of our beloved professor, Marianna Torgovnick. I won’t speculate as to whether or not Professor Torgovnick, being a denizen of the English department, agrees with one of the assertions made on Kate Torgovnick’s website: “In this crazy world we live in, who needs fiction?”

Ms. Torgovnick does indeed specialize in real-world narratives. She did her first journalistic work for Falcon’s Cry, the student newspaper at Durham’s C.E. Jordan High School, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She did extensive work at Jane magazine until 2006, when she became a freelance writer.

Her projects since then include the acclaimed Cheer, a book that explores the world of competitive cheerleading. Kirkus Reviews described Cheer as “distinguished by Torgovnick’s impeccable ear and canny, original choice of subject matter.” Cheer provided the basis for the new series Hellcats, featuring Ashley Tisdale, which is currently in its first season on The CW.

Ms. Torgovnick has put that same canny writing and reporting ability to work in articles that have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, New York Magazine, and Glamour among many others. She is also news and pop culture editor at TheFrisky.com.

–Connor Southard

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