Elizabeth Austin (writer)

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Elizabeth Austin (born 1958) is an American writer living in Oak Park, Illinois. Austin has lived in the Midwestern United States all her life. She began her journalism career at the now-defunct City News Bureau of Chicago and has written articles for national news magazines such as Newsweek and Time, in addition to a wide range of other national and regional publications, such as People, and the Chicago Tribune. She has also written for The Washington Monthly, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Self, and Shape. She has often written about medicine and health care.[1] Austin also has been heard on WBEZ, the National Public Radio station in Chicago, as well as the BBC in the UK and Scotland. She has appeared on the Today Show and on ITV in Europe.

Austin served as speechwriter for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2004 and went on to serve as Communications Director for Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. After serving a year as Vice President for Corporate Communications at Playboy Enterprises, she returned to Illinois state government as Communications Director for the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. She later served as Communications Director for Governor Quinn's 2010 primary campaign. Since August 2010, she has been the Executive Speechwriter at Argonne National Laboratory.

She has stated “I believe in a God who is the Way, the Life and the Truth. Deliberately misleading others--even in fun--smacks of heresy.” She said this in an article complaining about some Wikipedia editors’ cleaning up unflattering references to themselves, or vandalzing articles about others in jest, sometimes called "Wikiality".[2] However, this was one line from one article out of the thousands that she has written throughout her career, and should not be considered as her life philosophy or even as the most salient quote from her body of work.

Austin won the 1996 National Mental Health Association Award for Best Magazine Journalism.[3]

She is an Episcopalian and has written about religious issues.[4][5] She has been a Girl Scout leader.[6]


  • Austin, Elizabeth, "Bill and Paula" The Washington Monthly. Washington: Jul/Aug 1997.Vol.29, Iss. 7; pg. 21
  • Austin, Elizabeth, "A small plea to delete a ubiquitous expletive" U.S. News & World Report. Washington: Apr 6, 1998.Vol.124, Iss. 13; pg. 58
  • Austin, Elizabeth, "Prairie country canyonland" National Geographic Traveler. Washington: Jul/Aug 2001. Vol. 18, Iss. 5; p. 115
  • Austin, Elizabeth, "Talking Points" The Washington Monthly. Washington: Jun 2006.Vol.38, Iss. 6; pg. 50,
  • Whitaker, Leslie and Elizabeth Austin, “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating: How To Negotiate Effectively Without Being A Bitch,” (2001) Random House. ISBN 0-7126-7085-8
  • Whitaker,Leslie & Elizabeth Austin. "Get what you want--now!" Good Housekeeping. New York: Jan 2001. Vol. 232, Iss. 1; p. 106
  • Whitaker, Leslie and Elizabeth Austin, “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating: How To Get What You Want At The Bargaining Table,” (2002) (paperback) Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-60147-0


  1. ^ Elizabeth Austin. "HMO rip-off," The Washington Monthly. Washington: May 1997.Vol.29, Iss. 5; pg. 14
  2. ^ Austin, Elizabeth, "Hold the truth, pass the Wikiality", Chicago Tribune, September 18, 2006 viewed 9/18/2006
  3. ^ Austin, Elizabeth, "Marks of Mystery - psychological reaction to scars", Psychology Today, July, 1999. retrieved Nov. 11, 2006
  4. ^ [1] at Faithfuldemocrats.com
  5. ^ [2] Aug. 27, 06 “I’m an Episcopalian” retrieved Nov. 10, 2006
  6. ^ http://www.twbookmark.com/authors/83/2063/index.html The Authors

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