CAROL SALINE is a journalist, broadcaster, author and popular public speaker. She has written three books: Dr. Snow: How the FBI Nailed an Ivy League Coke King, Straight Talk:How to Get Closer to Others by Saying What You Really Mean,and A Guide to Good Health. In addition she has co-authored four photo-essay books with photographer Sharon J. Wohlmuth. Their most popular, Sisters, spent 63 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold over one million copies. It was followed by Mothers & Daughters, which immediately soared to #1 on every national best-seller list. A third bestseller, Best Friends, completed this influential relationship trilogy. A fourth book, Sisters: 10th Anniversary Edition, came out in October 2004. Her latest project, the acclaimed A Day In The Life Of The American Woman, was published by Bulfinch Press in fall 2005.
Since 1974, Ms. Saline has worked as a senior writer at Philadelphia Magazine where she specializes in health, profiles, and investigative reporting. Her articles have appeared in many national magazines, including Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, More, Redbook, Self and Cosmo Girl.
As a broadcaster, Ms. Saline most recently hosted The Fretz Kitchen, a daily cooking program on CN8, a cable network with four million viewers. For three years she had a daily talk radio show and, for nearly a decade, appeared as a regular panelist on the popular Sunday public affairs program, Inside Story. Her national television appearances include Oprah, Donahue, Larry King Live, American Journal, Inside Edition, CBS Good Morning, The Weekend Today Show and Good Morning America. In addition, she is an active speaker and moderator who gives lectures and workshops nationwide.
Ms. Saline’s ability to report compellingly on a variety of important subjects is reflected in several dozen journalism and humanitarian awards. She is a two-time winner of the prestigious National Magazine Award, considered the Pulitzer of magazine writers. Other national awards include three Clarions for print feature writing from Women in Communications, the Charles Stuart Mott and The International Reading Association Awards for educational writing, and The Health Journalism Award from the American Society of Chiropractors. The National Press Club and Big Brothers/Big Sisters have also honored her work. In Philadelphia, she’s been singled out three times for writing excellence by Sigma Delta Chi, and won four “Sarahs” from Women in Communications, which cited her as a “Super Communicator.” For her commitment to social causes, Ms. Saline has been honored five times as a “Woman of Achievement,” including 1996 by The Montgomery County Woman’s Center, 1995 by Melitta Benz, 1987 by Women in Transition, and 1984 by The Delaware County Domestic Abuse Project. In 1990, she was given the Myrtle Wreath Award by Camden County Hadassah. She is listed in Who’s Who in America.
At present, Ms. Saline serves on the boards of The National Osteoporosis Foundation, The Center for Literacy, and The Philadelphia Theater Company. Her roster of community activities includes several years as a volunteer telephone counselor for Contact 609, a mentor with Philadelphia Futures, and board membership with Jewish Family Service of South Jersey, Planned Parenthood of Camden County, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, and Philadelphia CASA.
A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Ms. Saline was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and holds a dual degree in English and Journalism. She has two children and resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Paul Rathblott. Visit her website www.carolsaline.com.
Journalist Carol Saline Wins Prestigious National Magazine Award
By Sally Friedman
No way was she going to win. No way!
So when Carol Saline's name was announced as winner of the National Magazine Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors, Saline confesses to emitting a most unprofessional shriek!
The indefatigable best selling author whose byline has become familiar to thousands of Delaware Valley readers in Philadelphia Magazine (where Saline is a senior Editor) walked away from the Walforf Astoria Hotel that day carrying with her a small creature known as "Ellie." While Ellie looks suspiciously like a " coppery spider " according to its new owner, it also carries with it the weight of professional acclaim and prestige.
"Sure, it can be very glamorous and exciting to be a magazine writer," concedes Carol Saline, who has written for almost every leading national publication from Redbook and Readers Digest, to McCalls and Family Circle in a journalism career that has been nothing short of spectacular. But Saline will also tell you that glamour and awards aside; it takes the old trinity of blood, sweat, and tears to polish that prose and to produce those prize-winning pieces. And it surely hasn't been easy, she will add, to walk that delicate tightrope between home and career.
"I delivered a manuscript and a baby with in days of each other," and there were years when I darted back and forth between Brownie meetings and the typewriter. When I stopped working full time to raise my kids, I was still freelancing, and feeling very conflicted. It was well before the women's movement lent its support, and people around me just smiled indulgently "
Those indulgent smiles ceased when Carol Saline, whose soul was first stained with printer's ink back at Camden High School and later at Syracuse University where she was Phi Beta Kappa English/Journalism major, proved that writing was more then just a light diversion for her. There were to be blockbuster stories for Philadelphia Magazine on mental illness, adult illiterates, incest, and the plight of the homeless. There were to be intimate and illuminating profiles of the likes of Beverly Sills, Pavarotti, and Peter Nero. And through it all, Carol Saline was still there to cheer on Sharon and Matthew at school plays and pep rallies.
When Saline did a piece on medical technology, she spent days-observing procedures in area operating rooms. " I knew NOTHING about the subject, and there was so much to learn!"
When the assignment was an exhaustive report, on Philadelphia's street people, Carol Saline roamed the city streets with a tough companion who knew the people in that nether world, and conducted a pre-dawn interview on a street vent!
Her work may catapult her from the opera to the operating room, from a fashion runaway to a runaway shelter, but Saline is always aware that in her arena, nothing is ordinary "I have an incredible wonderful life, a job thats continuously stimulating, and a chance to work for social change. The most wonderful mail I get begins with 'Because of what you wrote, my life has changed "
Saline goes into the prisons to talk to the alienated and the outcasts.
She meets Pavarotti! -Yes- but she also meets the desperate people locked
away into poverty and despair. Then does it all fall trippingly from the
"It's Sheer Agony sometimes. I write and re write - I do 20-30 interviews, sift through mountains of background reading, spend hours cutting an pasting my notes," explains the writer of the process outsiders often see as wildly and wonderfully creative.
When she's involved with a story, that story becomes part of her daily existence. "There is so much intensity in Magazine writing," says Saline, carefully choosing her words. "You never leave the work behind, because its always evolving and taking form. You wake up and there it is "
Carol Saline may live with a "lead"- the opening sentences of a story- for a full week before words meet paper. She may revise and revamp and reshuffle for another week. And in the end, she insists, it's organization and research that produces results, not some magical, mystical union of writer and inspiration.
What, she is asked, has been the most meaningful in a career that spans nearly four decades, and has included the opportunity to hobnob with greats and neargreats?
Carol Saline doesn't miss a beat.
"It means just as much to me to stand in a church basement in North Philadelphia as appear on Oprah;" says the diminutive brunette with the admittedly high energy level. "And when I think I've managed to touch not just someone's head, but also their heart, thats the reward thats enough for me!"