About the Author
Kate Torgovnick grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she learned to play a decent game of pool and was once a clogger, of all things. She moved to New York City after high school to attend Barnard College at Columbia University. Kate majored in sociology and wrote her senior thesis on race and gender sitcoms in the ’70s.
After graduating and surviving a brief stint writing spam email (she apologizes profusely for any of her “work” you might have received), Kate landed her dream job at Jane magazine. She started out as an assistant to iconic editor Jane Pratt, and worked her way up over the next few years to become an associate editor. While at Jane, she interviewed everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to Jeremy Piven to the Cure. She also wrote investigative features, including an exposé of sketchy career colleges and a critical look at an upswing in the number of stranger stalking cases.
Kate left Jane in 2006 to research and write Cheer!. She also began a career as a freelance journalist, writing regularly for The New York Times and Page Six Magazine. Her articles have also appeared in Newsweek, New York Magazine, Glamour, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Observer, The New York Daily News, Metro, Radar, Good Housekeeping, and ReadyMade, as well as on Time.com, The Huffington Post, and Radar Online. Kate is currently the news and pop culture editor at TheFrisky.com, a laugh-out-loud webzine for women in their 20s and 30s.
In her spare time, Kate loves competitive swimming (butterfly is her stroke) and going to see new bands in New York City. She also spends many hours per week watching documentary films and reading narrative nonfiction books—she firmly believes that in this crazy world we live in, who needs fiction?