KATHY ELDON- SHORT BIO


Kathleen Knapp Eldon was born andraised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and educated at Wellesley College, Kathy has worked as a teacher journalist, author and film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States.

Kathy is the author of 17 books, including "Angel Catcher", "Soul Catcher", and "Love Catcher" (Chronicle), a series of popular self guided journals written with her daughter Amy Eldon, which help people negotiate loss and grief, find their purpose and introduce more love in their lives. She edited the"Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon" (Chronicle) which has sold more than 130,000 copies.

Together with "Journey", the "Catcher" series was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has sold more than 250,000 copies. Kathy has also written a variety of popular cookbooks, tourist and eating out guides and children’s social history books. Kathy has been featured on many television and radio programs globally and a segment in Oprah's "Producer's Favorites" continue to air about Kathy and her daughter.Kathy has served on the board of the Overseas Press Club Foundation and is currently on the board of Video Volunteers and CALL2ACTION.

She is the founder of the Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports “creative activists”, to use their creative talents to change the world around them. CVF was inspired by the life of her son Dan Eldon — artist, adventurer and activist —killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia.

CVF has assisted more than forty artists, filmmakers, playwrights, leaders of other social movements and others who use media and the arts as vehicles of social change.

Through its for-profit sister organization, Creative Visions Productions, launched by Kathy in 1992, she has produced award-winning television and film projects, including “Lost in Africa”, a family film about elephant conservation distributed by internationally Columbia Pictures, the acclaimed PBS series “Global Tribe,” about grass-roots social entrepreneurs, the Emmy nominated Turner Broadcasting documentary "Dying to Tell the Story," that profiles journalists who risk their lives to do their jobs, and "Soldiers of Peace: A Children's Crusade," a CNN documentary about the Colombian children's peace movement. Accompanied by extensive websites, the documentaries were distributed internationally to more than 220 countries.

Kathy is currently producing “Five Days to Change the World,” a new VH1 series co-produced with the United Nations, featuring celebrities and their causes and “Extraordinary Women”, a series of shorts for Lifetime. She is the co-creator of “Mothers on a Mission,” a series with Julia Roberts about the power of mothers to transform the world which will air on the OWN Network in early 2010,and “Prized Women”, a series with the Nobel Women’s Initiative about women Nobel Peace Prize winners. She is also exec-producing “Rock your World”, a series about young activists with 7ATE9. Kathy’s company is also producing “Journey,” a major feature film about her son, Dan Eldon that will star Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”, “Equus”). Julia Roberts will play the role of Kathy in the film.

Kathy has been profiled in a number of books, including Arianna Huffington's "On Becoming Fearless", Katherine Martin’s "Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage"; Nancy Alspaugh, Marilyn Kentz, and Mary Ann Halpin's "Fearless Women".In 2007 Kathy was named one of MSN’s “10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of,” together with Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangaari Mathai and Jodi Williams. In 2008 Kathy was presented with the Euro-American Women’s Council’s Artemis Goddess Award, the Wayuu Taya Foundation’s Award and was nameda Purpose Prize Fellow. In March, 2009 she and her daughter Amy received the “Young Audiences New York Children’s Award” for their work