Kathleen Gallagher, Pulitzer Prize Journalist Launching Entrepreneurs – Episode 36

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Kathleen Gallagher Pulitzer Prize Journalist Podcast

Kathleen Gallagher is the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Institute, a Pulitzer winning journalist and the co-author of the book “One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine” and co-host, along with Tim Keane, of the “How Did You Do That” Podcast.

After graduating from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a degree in English, Kathleen began her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as a communication consultant before following her journalistic aspirations to ‘do something big’ which led to her 23-year career at the Milwaukee Journal – Sentinel as a business reporter specializing in investigative reporting.  In 2011, Kathleen and her co-author, Mark Johnson each won a Pulitzer prize for their reporting on the story of Nic Volker, a young boy struggling with a challenging and potentially life-threatening medical condition.   A mapping of his genome at the Medical College of Wisconsin discovered a rare anomaly that led to a diagnosis and a cure. 

After leaving the newspaper, Kathleen became the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Institute, a non-profit that helps connect entrepreneurs with great ideas in advanced technologies with the funding and support needed to move them forward into high growth businesses.  In addition, she serves as the Executive in Residence for the Lubar School of Business, a Fellow at the University Club of Milwaukee, a Board Member at Starting Block and, in her spare time, a Columnist for Biz Times Media.  

She’s also incredibly well connected. 

Mike and Kathleen cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including her self-appointed title as the “Queen of Tips,” what’s unique about her, what being a source driven reporter is all about and the one thing that she wants most to accomplish.  

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