Katharine D. Fishman
by Katharine D. Fishman
Katharine D. Fishman
Links & Credits
KATHARINE DAVIS FISHMAN
Davis Fishman is an award-winning journalist with broad
and varied experience, particularly in education, child
mental health, culture, health and medicine, and technology / business. In addition
to Attitude!, she has written two books and
published many articles in leading magazines. She is skilled
in researching a complex field from the ground up; digesting
and synthesizing large amounts of material to produce a
clear, concise, sophisticated and lively narrative; and
interviewing people in all walks of life. Over the years
she has spoken to a variety of audiences.
says, “As a writer, I particularly enjoy playing the outsider’s
role to enter enclosed worlds that seem strange and mysterious,
finding out how they work, and trying to capture their flavor
for the lay reader. I especially like to interview smart, passionate,
opinionated people who at least sometimes disagree forcefully with each other. A challenge in this book was
building a relationship with teenage subjects and their families.
I felt some common ground because my own daughters were involved
in the arts as teenagers and I had struggled with the questions
these parents of young dancers faced. With the kids, I didn’t
pretend to be “cool”. I simply treated them as adult dancers and
asked questions accordingly, as a lay person.
a lifelong New Yorker, I grew up going to the city’s cultural
institutions, and they have always been a part of my life. To
some degree, my year at Ailey is a natural outgrowth of this.
I wrote profiles of the American Museum of Natural History and
the 92nd Street Y for New York Magazine during
the 80’s. As a young mother, I took my kindergarten child to see
Judith Jamison – now Ailey’s Artistic Director – dance at BAM.
EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS WORK
The One-Way Mirror: Psychotherapy and Children (Bantam, 1995): 524 pp., with notes.
This book, four years in preparation, is a report on current clinical
practice in child therapy, encompassing diagnosis (DSM and its
background), psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy,
family systems therapy, psychopharmacology, and residential milieus.
In researching the book, I found nationally-known practitioners
in each orientation and persuaded them to talk at length about
their work, and often to allow me to watch tapes and sit in on
sessions (with patients' consent). The book explains the theoretical
underpinnings and history of each orientation and describes recent
for Children," The Atlantic, June, 1991 cover story:
the book grew out of this article.
Adoptions," The Atlantic, September, 1992 cover story:
a report on mental health issues in special needs adoption. This
article won the 1993 National Media Award of the American Psychological
Association and the 1993 Outstanding Article Award of the American
Society of Journalists and Authors, and was a finalist for the
1993 National Magazine Award of the American Society of Magazine
"Cancer: A Huge Leap Forward," More, February, 2013: A report on targeted gene therapy, a revolution in cancer treatment, including comments from leading oncologists, nurses and patients across the country. Also, see the sidebar to this article,"Could a Clinical Trial Help You?"
"Boning Up On Bone Drugs," More, June 2010: an article on bisphosphonates and femur fractures. This article won the Media Orthopedic Reporting Excellence Award, 2011, from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism, 2011, from the Endocrine Society.
"Steering the Double Stroller," NYCitywoman.com, January 2011.
"Sailing British-Style to Hong Kong," NYCitywoman.com, May, 2011
"Beating Insomnia," NYCitywoman.com, June, 2011.
"Making Sense of People," NYCitywoman.com, November 2011.
Smart About Your Child's IQ," Child, February, 1996.
Free Lunch: Did a Cornell Nutritionist Steal His Student’s Meal
Ticket?”, Lingua Franca, February 1999
for New York Magazine on education, written during the
Joyful Elite," January, 1982 (Hunter College High School)
news feature for special issue on "What's Really Happening"
in New York, June 17, 1985
Middle-Class Parent's Guide to the Public Schools," January,
13, 1986 cover story.
Ann's School," for special issue on Brooklyn, April 21, 1986
of Sandra Feldman for year-end double issue, 1986
in Good Time", article on "retention" in private
schools, March 2, 1987
High," (Seward Park High School), November 23, 1987
Family Circle,"30 Deans Choose the Best State Colleges
and Universities," September 13, 1983.
(Harper & Row). 437 pages, with notes. A history and current
(then) report on the mainframe computer industry and technology
at the dawn of the personal computer era (published just as IBM
introduced the PC). When I wrote this book, the world of computers
was indeed strange and mysterious to outsiders. After spending
some years exploring it, I produced an account which describes
how the technology developed from ENIAC through artificial intelligence
and interactive television, with portraits of leading personalities;
IBM, its history and its culture in depth, including oral-history
interviews with four Chairmen and an analysis of the antitrust
suits then facing the corporation; "The Seven Dwarfs,"
(competing mainframe companies); AT&T, its history, the antitrust
suit, and ventures into computer technology; software and leasing
companies; and social issues raised by computer technology.
for Disaster," The Atlantic, May, 1972 (cover story
on RCA's $490 Million Computer Debacle).
Telephone Survival Guide," New York, April 23, 1984
(cover story on consumer issues after the breakup of AT &
Disney World of Supermarkets: Stew Leonard, The Dairy King,"
New York, March 18, 1985.
for Bear at FAO Schwarz," New York, September 8, 1986.
Makes His Move," New York, November 21, 1988.
Art Sleuth," Manhattan Inc, June, 1989 (an art appraiser.)
Golden Apple," Town & Country, September, 1989
(Fifth Avenue real estate.)
Woman's Guide to Bounce-Proof Checking," Woman's Day,
August 2, 1983.
York City Institutions for New York Magazine:
Goes the Y," December 26, 1983
and Asteroids: A Great Museum Evolves," January 14, 1985.
To Complain," cover story, January 7, 1985
Speeches at William Alanson White Institute and Boston Conservatory, readings at Borders and Brooklyn Public Library in connection with Attitude!
Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine,
to executives at AT&T, Digital Equipment and other corporations
after publication of computer book.
and television after publication of books.
Society of Journalists and Authors, 1982-present
President, 1990-91: This position involved
running a nationwide organization of 700 free-lance writers: supervising
the office staff and dealing with administrative, interpersonal,
and policy issues, and representing the organization to publishers,
other writers' organizations, and the press.
Chair, 50th Anniversary Committee,
Membership Committee, Program Committee, Planning Committee, Nominating
Committee (in different years)
Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (Formerly Llewellyn Miller Fund),
2000-2003, Trustee, 2003-. WEAF is a small foundation that helps
professional freelance nonfiction writers who because of age,
illness or extraordinary professional crisis are unable to earn
a living. We give qualified writers grants of up to $3500. My
work as Chair of the Fund involved directing policy, supervising
finances, running fund-raising campaigns, and screening applicants
for grants from the fund. Having stepped down as Chair, I continue
as a trustee to vote on applications and policy decisions and
to offer ideas and counsel..
1995- present. Member, Freedom-to-Write Committee.
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