Kate White speaks at the University of Missouri in March 2014.
September 3, 1951 |
Glens Falls, New York
|Occupation||Writer, public speaker|
|Known for||Author, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan|
Kate White (born September 3, 1951) is an American writer, magazine editor, and speaker. From 1998 to 2012, she served as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan. She is the author of twelve novels: seven books in the Bailey Weggins mystery series, including the upcoming Even If It Kills Her (October 31, 2017), and five stand-alone psychological thrillers, including, most recently, The Secrets You Keep. Kate has also written several non-fiction books with business advice for women, including The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success, based on her groundbreaking bestseller Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do, and I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve. Her books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. She is also the editor of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook (March 2015).
Early life and education
Career in magazine industry
White began her career in the magazine industry after winning Glamour's “Top Ten College Women” contest, for which she appeared on the cover and received a position as an editorial assistant at the magazine. During her time at Glamour, White worked her way up to become a feature writer and columnist. She went on to hold positions at other national magazines, including Mademoiselle, before becoming editor-in-chief of Child. White later served as editor-in-chief for Working Woman, McCall's, and Redbook, which she headed from 1994 to 1998.
In 1998, White was appointed editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. During her 14-year tenure, White increased Cosmopolitan's monthly circulation by more than 700,000 readers, with the magazine's circulation peaking at over three million readers in 2012. In September 2012, White announced her intention to leave her position at Cosmopolitan before the end of the year in order to focus on her work as a writer and speaker.
As of 2002, White published six novels with the lead protagonist Bailey Weggins, a New York City true crime writer. The first book in the series, If Looks Could Kill (2002), was chosen by Kelly Ripa for her book club and reached number 10 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Entertainment Weekly reviewed the book positively and described it as “[w]inningly salacious.”
In addition to the Bailey Weggins mysteries, White has written four stand-alone suspense novels: Hush (2010), which also appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list, and The Sixes (2011).; Eyes on You (2014), The Wrong Man (2015), and The Secrets You Keep (2017). Her seventh Bailey Weggins book, Even If It Kills Her, will come out in October 2017.
White has also written four non-fiction books with career advice for women in business: Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead... But Gutsy Girls Do: Nine Secrets Every Career Woman Must Know (1995), 9 Secrets of Women Who Get Everything They Want (1998), You on Top: Smart, Sexy Skills Every Woman Needs to Set the World on Fire (2007), and I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve (2012).
White is married to former news anchorman Brad Holbrook, with whom she has two children: a son, Hunter and a daughter, Hayley.
Bailey Weggins mysteries
- If Looks Could Kill (2002) Warner Books, ISBN 0446530239
- A Body to Die For (2003) Warner Books, ISBN 978-0446531481
- ‘Til Death Do Us Part (2004) Warner Books, ISBN 978-0446531757
- Over Her Dead Body (2005) Grand Central Publishing, ISBN 978-0446531764
- Lethally Blond (2007) Warner Books, ISBN 978-0446577953
- So Pretty It Hurts (2012) Harper, ISBN 978-0061576607
- Even If It Kills Her (2017) Harper 
- Hush (2010) Harper, ISBN 978-0061576614
- The Sixes (2011) Harper, ISBN 978-0061576621
- Eyes on You (2014) Harper, ISBN 978-0061576638
- The Wrong Man (2015) Harper, ISBN 978-0062350664
- The Secrets You Keep (2017) Harper, ISBN 978-0062448866
- Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead... But Gutsy Girls Do: Nine Secrets Every Career Woman Must Know (1995) Grand Central Publishing, ISBN 978-0446518277
- 9 Secrets of Women Who Get Everything They Want (1998) Crown Archetype, ISBN 978-0312017972
- You on Top: Smart, Sexy Skills Every Woman Needs to Set the World on Fire (2007) Grand Central Publishing, ISBN 978-0446695527
- I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve) (2012) HarperBusiness, ISBN 978-0062122124
- James Brady (17 January 2008). "Cosmo Kate". Forbes.com. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- Clehane, Diane (31 May 2007). "So What Do You Do, Kate White, Editor-In-Chief, Cosmopolitan?". Mediabistro. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Kate White On Magazines, Motherhood, and Murder: Guts and Gusto a Winning Combo for Cosmo Editor Kate White". Accolades. Union College. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- Brady, James (14 April 2006). "Kate White Keeps The Day Job". Forbes. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Kate White '72 - Breaking rules and transforming magazines". Union College Magazine. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- Zimmerman, Edith (August 3, 2012). "99 Ways to Be Naughty in Kazakhstan: How Cosmo Conquered the World". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Carr, David; Haughney, Christine (5 September 2012). "A New Editor to Take the Helm of Cosmopolitan". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Joanna Coles Replaces Kate White As Cosmo Editor". The Huffington Post. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Grogan, Leigh (26 December 2002). "A killer whodunit". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- Joe Meyers (4 June 2007). "'Cosmo' editor works on latest mystery novel". Connecticut Post Online. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Best Sellers: June 9, 2002". The New York Times. 9 June 2002.
- Valby, Karen (31 July 2002). "If Looks Could Kill (2002)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Fiction review: Hush / Kate White". Publishers Weekly. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "Questions for Kate White, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine". Huffington Post. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Cogdill, Oline H. (20 August 2011). "'Sixes' has a sexy secret". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "Cosmopolitan magazine editor Kate White to visit library Sept. 12". New Canaan Advertiser. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Lisa Gutierrez (26 October 2012). "Editor: Big payoffs for gutsy girls". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- Jocelyn McClurg (28 June 2007). "Hot summer reads: Kate White, 'Cosmo' girl detective". USA Today. Retrieved 18 September 2012.