About



Kurt Chandler has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, editor and author.

An award-winning writer, he has authored, coauthored, ghostwritten or edited 12 books, many of them memoirs. He is currently the editor of Milwaukee Magazine and lives with his wife in the Milwaukee area.

Chandler has also been published in a number of metro newspapers and magazines, from The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Minneapolis Star Tribune, to Marie Claire, The Writer magazine, and Salon.com.

His writing awards are many: He has won the National Headliners Award for magazine writing five times. He has been named Writer of the Year by the National City & Regional Magazine Association, and Journalist of the Year by the Milwaukee Press Club. As a staff writer with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and chosen as a finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Award. 

In previous lives, Chandler worked construction, drove a cab and played the banjo (not necessarily at the same time). He has toiled as a writer and journalist for three decades now and, unmindful of his father’s advice, has nothing to fall back on. Yet he is not without a specialized set of skills: He can take notes in the dark and is pretty good with active verbs.