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Kathy Eldon
Kathy Eldon was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Wellesley College and has since worked as an art teacher, television presenter, magazine editor, journalist, media consultant and a television and film producer in Kenya, England and the United States. She has written seventeen books on a variety of subjects including Angel Catcher, a Journal of Loss and Remembrance, Soul Catcher: a Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are, and Love Catcher, a Journal to Invite more Love in Your Life, all published by Chronicle Books. The journals were co-authored with her daughter Amy, who is her partner in Creative Visions, a television and film production company.

Kathy was the Executive Producer of the 1999 Emmy nominated Turner Broadcasting two-hour documentary, Dying to tell the Story, about journalists who risk their lives to do their jobs, which was conceived of and presented by Amy Eldon. In l999 Kathy exec-produced a one-hour CNN documentary, Soldiers of Peace: A Children's Crusade, about the Colombian children's peace movement, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Both films were distributed internationally to over 220 countries. Kathy's company also produced Lost in Africa, a family feature film distributed by Columbia Pictures internationally.

Kathy is currently producing a feature film about her son, artist and Reuters photographer Dan Eldon, who was stoned to death at the age of 22 in Somalia. In May, 2011, Kathy and Amy exec-produced, together with Julia Roberts, "Extraordinary Moms," a tribute to the power of mothers to change the world around them. Hosted by Julia Roberts, the special featured Hillary Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell and Christiane Amanpour.

Kathy edited The Journey is the Destination, a collection of Dan's journal pages which was published by Chronicle Books. Kathy and Amy are co-founders of Creative Visions Foundation, which supports "creative activists" who use media and the arts to create positive change. Over the past ten years the foundation has incubated more than 80 projects and productions on five continents, touching the lives of more than 10 million people.

Entries by Kathy Eldon

Is There Hope for Somalia?

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 3:34 AM


Journalists are an endangered species. Harassed, arrested, tortured -- even killed. Multi-award-winning UK Channel Four reporter Jamal Osman, is constantly on alert. Not only in Somalia, where he was born and often travels, but also in the UK, where his Somali heritage means...

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Mother's Day Carved a Hole in My Heart: A Noisy Spirit Speaks Out

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Whew, I made it through Mother's Day intact this year. Mothers who have lost a child know that a holiday which should be joyous can literally suck the life-force out of you. Regardless whether your child died in utero, or was pushing 65, it's not right to have a child...

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In the Heart of Life: Living by Forgiving

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Following the murder of my son Dan, a young photojournalist who was killed while on assignment for Reuters News Agency, I was distraught. I knew I could never forgive the Somalis who killed my son. My journey to forgiveness was long and painful, but one incident was to change forever...

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Living by Forgiving: Lessons From Kenya, Somalia, Pakistan, and Beyond

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 2:53 PM


This week at a book signing in Santa Monica, I spoke about how my heart was broken when a Somali mob murdered my son, Dan Eldon, a 22-year-old Reuters photojournalist, together with three of his young colleagues in Mogadishu in 1993. Dan...

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Caught In The Act: Amy Eldon Turteltaub Interviews Her Mom Kathy Eldon About Living "In The Heart of Life"

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:39 AM

It has taken 17 years - and a lot of blood, sweat and tears - but finally my memoir, In The Heart of Life, has hit bookstores.

I welcome its arrival but with some nervous anxiety about how people will react to the Kathy Eldon that I reveal.

This book...

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Rocket Man: Pete Conrad's Innovative Spirit Lives On

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 2:14 PM

Apollo 12 astronaut and entrepreneur Pete Conrad ("Rocket Man") was famous for his energetic and innovative approach to every aspect of life. I would call him a "creative activist," a person who used his imagination to positively affect the world around him. His wife, Nancy, has carried on Pete's extraordinary...

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Means to the End: A Lasting Vision From America's Greatest Indian Activist (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 10:23 AM

I felt deeply honored when Russell Means and his wife, Pearl Daniels, paid a visit to the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism in February. I had recently read his book, Where White Men Fear to Tread, an account of how this self-described "magnet for trouble" navigated a life that...

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Caught in the Act: Malibu's Dirty Little Secret Cleaned Up (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 10:11 AM

Every day paparazzi capture the latest fashion trends, complicated love lives and naughty escapades of Malibu's triple-A-list celebs, but one of the city's dirtiest secrets has just been cleaned up! The glamorous city of 13,000 is now leading the way in stopping toxic stormwater and chemical-laden urban runoff from destroying...

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Caught in the Act: East Correspondent Peter Murphy Sits Down With Ben Hoyer

(4) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 6:18 PM

In a city still predominately known for is tourism and ephemerality, can a single coffee shoppe in Orlando, Florida spawn the groundwork for an actively influential community? The answer for Ben Hoyer (Executive director of Downtown Credo) is a resounding "yes."

Ben, along with his team of 'Credo' activists...

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Caught in the Act: Nina Streich (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 1:43 PM

During a recent visit to Florida for "Snap! Orlando," a dynamic photographic festival organized by Patrick Kahn, I ran into an old friend, Nina Streich, founder and executive director of the Global Peace Film Festival, which will take place in Orlando and Winter Park from September 20 - 25, 2011....

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Transforming Sorrow to Joy: A Mother's Story

(6) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 9:10 AM


As Mother's Day approaches, my stomach begins to ache. It's a familiar, if old pain, tucked away in my soul, born of the loss of my son, Dan, killed at the age of 22 while working as Reuters photojournalist in Somalia more...

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Caught in the Act: Naomi Natale Collects One Million Bones for Genocide Awareness (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 5:03 PM

Hundreds and thousands of people are being killed and displaced daily in conflict areas such as Sudan, Burma and the Congo. This is a fact that is difficult to believe, but one that definitely deserves recognition and action.

Recently I met a young activist, Naomi Natale, who is using...

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Caught in the Act: Diana Rowan Rockefeller Empowers Afghan Women to Lead (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 1:57 AM

Empowering and educating women is crucial to the development and improvement of societies all around the world. Recently, I had the privilege of meeting a leader in women's activism: Diana Rowan Rockefeller, founder of Afghan Leaders Connect.

Connect identifies and supports effective Afghan women-led nonprofits that deliver vital service to...

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Caught in the Act: Dr. Amy Lehman Reveals Her Plan to Save Lives

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 3:51 PM

Could one health clinic provide care to over ten million residents throughout four different countries in one of the most rural regions of the world? Dr. Amy Lehman believes so.

Anything but an ordinary general surgeon, Dr. Amy Lehman is a human dynamo. She recently stopped by for coffee, and...

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One Day on Earth

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 9:13 AM

October 10, 2010, will mark an incredible new day in history and as a creative activist, I couldn't be more excited! My foundation, Creative Visions, has the unique privilege of supporting One Day on Earth, an exciting new participatory media event where individuals in every country...

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Women's Fertility: How (Not) To Make Babies (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 11:28 AM

In 1983, Dr. Sami David was the first doctor to perform an in vitro fertilization procedure in the state of New York. After 60 failed attempts by other doctors, David completed the first successful treatment at Mt. Sinai Hospital, the procedure was his first and his last.

Costing thousands...

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Caught in the Act: Beverly and Dereck Joubert's Life Amongst Big Cats

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2009 | 6:23 PM

Can you imagine living among lions and elephants in the Botswana bush? Or, what about photographing these amazing animals for a living, in their natural habitat and not behind the chain link fence of a zoo? That is exactly what partners Dereck and Beverly Joubert get to do every day....

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Caught in the Act: Peter Rodger on God Almighty

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 4:28 PM

This week, as I continue my search to catch creative activists in the act of doing good, I checked in with filmmaker Peter Rodger to discuss his new documentary Oh My God. Like so many people I meet, Rodger embodies exactly what it means to be a creative activist. A...

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Caught in the Act: Philippe Cousteau's Pet Peeve

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 2:40 PM

I am lucky enough to meet and learn from creative activists every day. Being someone who is dedicated to informing, inspiring, and educating others on the ways one can change the world around them, I have set out to document others who do the same. My team and I are...

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A Cause For Comedy To Support Creative Visions Foundation

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2009 | 4:09 PM

I have a confession to make. I have never marched on Washington, burnt my bra, or gone to jail for a noble cause. However, I still consider myself an activist--a Creative Activist--someone who uses thought or imagination to seek solutions and inspire action. As a journalist and filmmaker I use...

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