Newsweek, July 8, 2024, “To Tell Or Not To Tell.”

“Why I May Never Retire,” AARP The Ethel, April 18, 2024.

“How I Finally Learned To Get Along With My Adult Children,” AARP The Ethel, March 14, 2024.

“When Ending A Friendship Is The Best Thing,” AARP The Ethel, January 19. 2024.


“The Simple Power of Martha Stewart’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover,”  MSNBC Opinion, May 19, 2023.

“Make These 12 Promises For Your Best Year Yet,” AARP: The Ethel, January 21, 2023 2022:

“Want to Fight Off Stress? Here’s The Key,” AARP: The Ethel, October 31, 2022

“Single by Choice: Why I Am Content to Be Without a Plus-One,” AARP The Ethel, October 17, 2022

“Six Degrees of Separation,” Last Word column, West Suburban Living, September, 2022.

“Resurrecting the Artist Within Is the Best Part of My Life,” AARP The Ethel, May 16, 2022.

“Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial Is Horrifying To Domestic Violence Survivors,” USA Today, May 16, 2022

“When Memory Begins To Fade,” Last Word column, West Suburban Living May 2022.

“Nurturing Close Friendships From Afar,” Last Word column, West Suburban Living, March 2022.

“The Limits of Goal Setting,” Last Word column, West Suburban Living, February 2022.


“HBO’s ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot Revives Outdated Marriage Tropes, NBC Think, December 9, 2021

“Not About The Soup: A Sister’s Recipe For Her Brother’s Last Days,” Next Avenue, October 28, 2021,

“Women Whistleblowers Aren’t Always Believed,” MS. Magazine, October 16, 2021.

“I hope Elizabeth Holmes didn’t suffer abuse. As a survivor, I hope she’s not lying about it,” USA TODAY, September 14, 2021

“The Color Blue: Elegy For My Brother Paul,” Medium, August 24, 2021

“How Did I Get Here? When Your Third Act Has an Unexpected Twist,” Covey Club, April 2021

“Americans Travel to Get Vaccinated,” Washington Post, April 11, 2021

“No Shame On You: Is Humiliation Gendered?” Ms. Magazine, March 21, 2021

“My family has used nicknames to express love,” NBC-Think, March 13. 2021

“It’s Time to End The TV Trope of the Needy Empty-Nest Mom,” Washington Post, February 2, 2021

“Why I Refuse To Be Retired From Usefulness,” Next Avenue reprint, February 2, 2021


“Why I Refuse To Be Retired From Usefulness,” Covey Club December 23, 2020

“I Can’t Forget Those Silver Haired Ladies on The Silver Screen,” USA Today, December 23, 2020

“I Love My Grown Children, But I’m Not Willing To Die Because of Their Pandemic Choices,” November 19, 2020, Huffington Post

“Reading Again: Are books a good alternative distraction?” The Hill, November 7, 2020.

“During Zoom calls, keep your pants on: It’s not prudishness, it’s white male privilege,” USA Today, October 24, 2020

“Power Play: Abbie Hoffman, Pence, Trump & Toxic Male Microaggressions,” Hill Reporter, October 16, 2020

“Full of Yourself,” Chapter excerpt in Better, October 15, 2020

“I Dream Of My Late Mother,” Next Avenue, Excerpt from Act Like You’re Having A Good Time, October 12, 2020

“The Other White Women: Not Buying Into The Hate,” Hill Reporter, September 21, 2020

“COVID-19 Has Made Me Rethink Much Of My Life,” NBC Think, August 30, 2020

Review in Booklist, September, 2020

“Is The Generational Divide Old News?,” Hill Reporter, August 25, 2020.

“Power Outage? A Metaphor For Where Women Stand Today,” Ms. Magazine, August 19, 2020

“Are Women Finally Reclaiming Their Time?” The Hill, August 17, 2020

“The Sounds Have Gone Missing,” Medium, August 6, 2020

“Is Happiness Possible Now?” Better, August 4, 2020

“I Miss The Shoes,” Thrive Global, June 1, 2020

“Can You Write To Save Your Life?” Thrive Global, April 24, 2020


“Not Laughing, Domestic Violence Is No Joke,” The Hill, November 22, 2019

“I Go Swimming To Try To Forget,” NBC Think, October 6, 2019

“The Indelible Memory of Assault,” Pacific Standard, June 27. 2019

“Finding The Positive in Negative Space,” Pacific Standard, May 29, 2019

“The Heroine That Every Woman Over 50 Needs,” Considerable, March 15, 2019.

Read the three weekly columns at Take The Lead’s Movement Blog.

“The Growing Power of Women Over 60,” Considerable, March 19, 2019

Last Word Column Archive, West Suburban Living, March 2019

“Is That All There Is? Finding My Purpose,” Forbes, February 19, 2019

“Do These 5 Things To Be Happier As You Age,” Considerable, January 17, 2019

“Online Dating After 50,” Considerable, February 12, 2019


“Why Would Women Lie?” USA Today, November 16, 2018

“The Role Of Women’s Anger,” Pacific Standard Magazine, September 2018

“A For Effort, F for Execution: Grading The NYT OpEd,” The Hill, September 2018:

“Stop Telling Women They Are Too Old To Wear Something,” NBC News, August 2018

“Odd Woman Out: Favoritism in The Workplace,” Fairygodboss, June 2018

“Will Silver Hair Help or Hurt Your Career?” Ladders, May 2018

“Ready To Go Viral? Here’s How You Should Dress At Work,” Fairygodboss, May 2018

“The Most Effective Way To Combat Age Discrimination at Work,” Fairygodboss, April 2018

“Rob Porter Shows How Far We’ll Go To Silence Victims” Time Magazine, February 2018

“Find Your Voice: Women Tech Entrepreneurs Speak Out,” Huffington Post, January 2018

Take The Lead Women’s Movement Blog

Read all Michele Weldon’s Fairygodboss articles here

Archived West Suburban Living Monthly Columns 2018 here

“Pay Attention,” Last Word Column, West Suburban Living, October 2017.

“Any Volunteers?” Last Word Column, West Suburban Living, September 2017.


Archived Monthly Columns, West Suburban Living, 2017.

“Age Defying: More Older Women in The Workplace,” Medium, August 23, 2017.

Column in Medium, “I Never Apologized For My Father,” June 15, 2017.

Listen to her conversation with Amy Guth on WGN Radio on memoir writing, June 10, 2017.

Column in Fairygodboss: “Joke’s on You,” June 10, 2017.

Column in The Ladders, “Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Being Likeable At Work.” May 9, 2017.

Column in Garnet News, “Single Mothers Balancing Professional Lives,” March 21, 2017.

Column in Women’s E News, “10 Leadership Lessons from Beauty & The Beast,” March 23, 2017.

Writers Resist in Chicago, January 2017.

Read her latest weekly columns on Take The Lead’s Movement Blog.


Chicago Foundation for Women Annual Symposium Intergenerational Panel on CAN-TV, 9/29/2016.

Archived collection of  weekly Take The Lead columns, February 2, 2016 through present

Column on Thrive Global, “Why Are We Surprised by News Of Domestic Violence?”, December 9, 2016

Column in Motto/,” Sexism Isn’t A Women’s Issue,” October 10, 2016

Column on Medium, “‘No One Looks Like Me’: Why We Need More Women of Color in Leadership,” September 30, 2016

Column in Huffington Post, “Reframe The Convo: From Having It All to Valuing Care,” September 29, 2016

Column in Washington Post,“Why Are American Mothers Rarely Portrayed as Competent?” May 17, 2016

Column in Huffington Post, “My 5 Best Mother’s Day Gifts and Why,” May 2, 2016

Column in Medium, “Truth Wins: Takedown of Hastert Proves He Can’t Escape Sexual Assault of Minors,” April 27, 2016

Column in USA Today, “Catholic Families Need More From Pope Francis,” April 10, 2016

Column in Pacific Standard Magazine,” How Raising Sons Shapes a Different Kind of Love,” March 28, 2016

Column in, “How Does A Single Mom Raise A Good Man?” January 5, 2016


Column by Heidi Stevens in Chicago Tribune, 12/24/2015, “15 Women I Loved Getting to Know in 2015.”

Radio Interview on Iowa Public Radio, December 14, 2015.

Live Reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, October 23, 2015.

TV interview with “Morning Blend” on WTMJ in Milwaukee, 9/21/2015

Column by Heidi Stevens in Chicago Tribune, “Speaking for The Single Moms Who Are Often Misunderstood,” September 18, 2015.

Column in Oak Leaves, “Michele Weldon Memoir Ties Wrestling, Single Parenthood and Cancer,” 9/17/ 2015.

Interview on Chicago Review Press 9/14/2015. Interview with Amy Guth, WGN Radio, September 2015.

Story in Wednesday Journal about Escape Points 9/9/2015.

Starred review in Booklist September 2015. Review of Escape Points in Kirkus Reviews.

TEDx Northwestern U Introduction Read/listen/watch the latest blurbs about Weldon and her work.

Cited often as an expert on media issues or for commentary on her work as an author, journalist or keynoter, click here to see what you may have missed.


Read, watch the Northwestern Public Voices Fellowship video.

Mentioned in Soraya Chemaly’s column.

Read Pacific Standard Magazine on Fatherless Doom, 6/12/2014.

Read  Talking Points Memo on Jill Abramson’s firing 5/23/2014.

Read “Good Mothers Die” in Medium May 8, 2014. Read “Your Brain on Story” in Pacific Standard 4/24/2014. medilltalks2 Michele Weldon was co-director of TEDXNorthwesternU 2014 April 12 in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum. Click for the 9 talks plus her intro.

Watch Medill Talks (February 27, 2014) that Weldon directed and also delivered, “Your Brain On Story.”

Read about Tiger Moms in The Guardian on January 9, 2014.


Weldon on breast cancer awareness and the prevention trap In October 2013.

Weldon published a piece on age and gender perceptions Sept. 4, 2013 in Quartz  with Diana Nyad as the news hook.

Doctors and teachers deserve more confidentiality than journalists?” ran in the August 21, 2013

Clearing the dark cloud of mistrust among journalists” was Weldon’s oped in AlJazeera English August 15, 2013.

Read her oped for CNN 7.9.2013:  “For working moms, it’s about ‘and,’ not ‘or.’”

Read her Huffington Post Father’s Day piece.

Also in HuffPo, a journalist’s thank you note.

Read Father’s Day piece in New York Times.

Read about take your parents to work, or stay at home for elder care day. mewdy2 Read her oped in the Christian Science Monitor, ”Fallout from Olympic Wrestling Takedown,” on February 25, 2013, was reprinted in dozens of newspapers and prompted a guest spot on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Read oped on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and women in media in Al Jazeera on 2/25/2013.

Michele Weldon’s piece in Al Jazeera on January 9, 2013 on the Steubenville, Ohio rape was the lead oped.


Read about Adam Lanza’s mother in womensnews  in December 2012.

Read about the gender gap in Al Jazeera October 24, 2012.

Authors walk the walk. in Huffington Post October 2013.  Read all her Huffington Post columns here.

Read Father’s Day opinion piece in Chicago Tribune, 6.11.2011

Listen to a discussion on WBEZ-Fm’s 848 regarding media bias:

Interview with Weldon about first person narrative journalism in Imagination Publishing:

Read a blog about her work as a journalist and author.

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