Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, writing consultant, author of four books, and mother of two sons. Her latest book, a new memoir titled "Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention" (Hyperion Voice), is an engaging and humorous account of life with a high-spirited child, combined with a scrupulously reported journalist’s overview of the controversies surrounding Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and how best to manage it.
Ellison has written widely on recent developments with ADHD, now estimated to affect at least 10 million adults and nearly 5 million children, for national media including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her informed and entertaining perspective as both an investigative journalist and a parent of a child diagnosed with ADHD who has also been diagnosed herself makes her a perfect fit as a keynote speaker for conferences of mental health professionals, teachers, and parents’ groups.
Ellison’s previous books include “The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes You Smarter,” “The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable,” and “Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines.” From 1987-99, she was chief of Knight Ridder Newspaper bureaus in Mexico and Rio de Janeiro.