Kate Childs Graham

Kate Childs Graham


A nun first told Kate Childs Graham that she should be a writer. Good Catholic she is, Kate has been writing ever since.

Today, Kate works with leaders in politics, the progressive movement, religion, academics, and entertainment to help them craft messages and tell stories that will move people to action.

Prior to joining West Wing Writers, Kate was Communications Director for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), one of the nation’s foremost — and funniest — policymakers. She served as the Senator’s chief speechwriter and strategist. And as an added bonus, she learned how to be Minnesota Nice.

Kate wrote speeches for principals and surrogates during the Clinton-Kaine campaign, and she was a member of the 2016 Democratic National Convention speechwriting team. Her book, Why I Run: 35 Progressive Candidates Who Are Changing Politics, was released by ABRAMS in March 2019.  

Previously, Kate served as Director of Communications and Media Affairs at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), where she led a team of speechwriters and media affairs professionals, and as senior speechwriter at the American Federation of State, Municipal, and County Employees (AFSCME).

Kate began her career writing and working in the progressive faith and reproductive health movements. For many years, she wrote a regular column for the National Catholic Reporter, and she has appeared on MSNBC and CNN.

Kate is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the United Nations-mandated University for Peace. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her partner, Ariana, and their son.

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