Carol Felsenthal biography
Carol Felsenthal specializes in writing biographies
and magazine profiles. She has written six books, among them unauthorized
biographies of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Katharine Graham, and
S.I. Newhouse, Jr. First serial rights to her books have sold
to Vanity Fair, Family Circle, and Woman’s
Day. Excerpts from her books and articles have appeared in
newspapers across the country and abroad. She is a Contributing
Editor at Chicago magazine.
She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and
for The Hill.
Her latest book is Clinton in Exile: A President Out of the
White House, a close look at Bill Clinton’s post presidency.
The paperback edition was published in June 2009 by HarperCollins.
HBO has signed to produce a television adaptation
of her biography of Katharine Graham,
Power, Privilege and the Post: The
Katharine Graham Story. Joan Didion
has written the revised screenplay.
In 2005 and 2006 she taught “Writing Profiles” at
the University of Chicago—a course that drew on her experience
writing magazine profiles of people ranging from Ann Landers to
Don Rumsfeld to Michelle Obama. She has also given speeches around
the country and abroad and appeared on scores of television and
radio shows to talk about her experiences writing unauthorized
biographies of some of the country's most powerful people. (Among
them The Today Show, The Charlie Rose Show, McNeil/Lehrer Newshour,
the BBC, All Things Considered, and she is a frequent guest on
syndicated radio/television show Beyond the Beltway.)
Her most recent magazine profile is "Our Man in London,"
about Louis Susman, the ambassador to the Court of St. James's
(UK) and appears in the February 2010 issue of Chicago
Other profile subjects include Michelle Obama (cover story February
2009), film critic Roger Ebert, former defense secretary Donald
Rumsfeld, gossip columnist Irv Kupcinet, advice columnist Ann
Landers, former commerce secretary and Gore campaign chairman
William Daley, impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The Ann
Landers profile ran as the cover story of Chicago in February
2003, made news in publications worldwide, and several newspapers,
including The New York Daily News, serialized it. [Felsenthal's
profile of Irv Kupcinet won the 2004 Peter Lisagor Award for In-Depth
Reporting awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists.]
She has been the featured speaker for many
organizations around the country, and
has addressed students at the Medill School
of Journalism at Northwestern University,
the University of Illinois in Urbana,
and Columbia University Law School in
A native Chicagoan, Felsenthal was educated
in the Chicago public schools, the University
of Illinois at Urbana, where she received
her B.A with High Honors and was elected
to Phi Beta Kappa, and Boston College,
where she received her M.A. She is married
to Steven Felsenthal, an attorney. They
have three children and live in Chicago.