Dana Bate (MSJ05) is an award-winning journalist and author of the novels “Too Many Cooks,” “A Second Bite at the Apple,” and “The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs,” which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and has been translated into five languages.
Before writing fiction full time, Bate was a Washington producer and reporter for PBS's "Nightly Business Report," where she won the Gerald Loeb Award for a series she produced on the Indian economy. Bate quit her job in late 2009 to move to London with her husband, where she lived for about three months while working on her first book. She always wanted to write fiction and felt it was time to take the risk.
“Medill provided me with so many important tools to become both a successful TV journalist and then a novelist,” she says. “In terms of novel writing, it instilled in me the discipline to sit down every day and write. Medill taught me to meet deadlines, which is important in fiction writing, even if the deadlines are arbitrary ones I set for myself (finishing a draft or hitting 50,000 words). My instructors also taught me how to tell a story—what to put in and what to leave out, how to draw in the reader. Even though I used those tools to report news, both at Medill and PBS, the same skills apply to fiction.”