Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist, author and speaker based in the Washington D.C. area. Her book, The Good News About Bad Behavior (PublicAffairs, April 2018), explains why modern kids are so undisciplined and tells the stories of innovators who are rebuilding lost self-control, resolving family conflict and changing the trajectory of young lives. Katherine is a certified parent educator with the Parent Encouragement Program in Kensington, Md.
Katherine contributes to The Atlantic, Fortune magazine, Parents, USA Today’s magazine group, the Washington Post and Working Mother magazine. Her byline has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, MSN Money, Money, the New York Times, Parade, Slate, and the Washington Post Magazine. Her story for Mother Jones magazine about school discipline went viral after it was published in July 2015, becoming the site’s most-viewed piece.
In two decades as a journalist, Katherine’s work has won recognition from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chicago Headline Club. She’s received fellowships from the Education Writers Association, the Logan Nonfiction Program at the Carey Institute for Global Good, the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute/ Association of Opinion Journalists and the University of Maryland’s Casey Journalism Center. Residencies include Moulin à Nef, Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She's appeared on CNN, NPR, Bloomberg television and radio, and HuffPost Live, as well as numerous radio programs nationally and internationally. She’s a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Asian American Journalists Association, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Education Writers Association and Society of Professional Journalists.
Katherine contributed essays to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox (She Writes Press, November 2015) and PunditMom's Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media Are Revolutionizing Politics in America (Bright Sky Press, June 2011) both edited by Joanne C. Bamberger.
In 2008, Katherine created a website about working moms for About.com, which she ran until 2014, attracting millions of readers to the site, its blog and weekly newsletter. Before that, she worked as a national correspondent for Newhouse News Service writing about money, work and family, and as a national reporter for Bloomberg News covering everything from labor, agriculture, finance, media and technology policy to Congress and the White House. She began her career in New York City with the Bond Buyer.
Katherine graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in physics. She and her husband Brian are the proud parents of three children.