Katharine Webster is an investigative reporter, intuitive writer, and exacting editor who believes in the value of verifiable facts, good stories, compassion for sources, and the comedy of everyday life.

She is working on a book: a double-memoir by Robert Walter, the son of a supposedly celibate yoga guru, and Robert's mother, Shirley Walter. She also tutors private writing clients, edits nonfiction, and teaches writing workshops. She helped organize the 2008 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, sponsored by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Previously, she spent 15 years reporting for The Associated Press in New Hampshire, Boston, West Virginia, and San Diego, covering everything from national medical news to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Along the way, she wrote about government corruption, insularity and innovation in the courts, prison abuse, logging and the environment, and quilt cooperatives. She also supervised and edited the daily news report in New Hampshire for several years.

Before joining the AP, she interned on the editorial page of The (San Diego) Tribune and at the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco; worked as a temporary reporter at The San Diego Union; and wrote freelance articles for magazines and newspapers. She graduated from Yale University with Honors in English and earned her Master of Journalism at the University of California-Berkeley.

She is a proud member of the National Writers Union and the New Hampshire Writers Project, and a former member of the News Media Guild.



"News is what somebody somewhere is trying to suppress. The rest is advertising."

Lord Northcliffe


"In all life, one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong."

John Kenneth Galbraith





© 2009 by Katharine Webster

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