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Kathleen Gallagher

How Did You Do That? Host

Kathleen Gallagher is the host of How Did You Do That? 

She's a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who is Executive Director of 5 Lakes Institute, a non-profit focused on building and connecting the Great Lakes Region’s high-tech entrepreneurial economy and culture. She is also a columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Previously, during more than two decades as a reporter at the Journal Sentinel, Kathleen covered banking, technology and entrepreneurship and wrote a weekly Investment Trends column. In 2011, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s top honor, for co-authoring a series of articles about how doctors and scientists in Milwaukee for the first time in history sequenced all the genes of a patient for diagnosis. Kathleen and co-author Mark Johnson wrote a book based on that series called One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine.

Prior to joining the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Kathleen worked in communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and was a Writing Instructor at the American Institute of Banking. Kathleen has an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.