Kathleen Gallagher

Kathleen Gallagher is a Wisconsin-based non-profit executive who was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Gallagher wrote with Mark Johnson, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a book based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning series called "One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine." The book was published by Simon and Schuster in 2016. Gallagher is now Executive Director of 5 Lakes Institute, a non-profit that promotes technology and innovation. She is also Executive in Residence for Investment Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gallagher was formerly a communications consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a writing instructor at the American Bankers Association.

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Notable awardsScience Journalism Award - Large Newspapers Edit this on Wikidata


Gallagher earned her Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA in English from the University of Illinois.[1]

Professional historyEdit

From 1990 to 1993, Gallagher held the role of Communications Consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and was also a Writing Instructor at the American Institute of Banking in Chicago. Following that, she began working as a business reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.[2] She left the Journal Sentinel in 2017 to become Executive Director of 5 Lakes Institute (previously called the Milwaukee Institute).[3]


While Gallagher worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she undertook several investigations. They included: the investigation of a multistate cattle Ponzi scheme operator, travelling by helicopter with professional investors to visit oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, and reporting on a firm selling stem cell-derived heart cells to pharmaceutical companies. She covered investments, life sciences and other emerging, high-growth industries in the Wisconsin area.[4]

In 2011, Gallagher won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting with Mark Johnson, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar, and Alison Sherwood for their “lucid examination of an epic effort to use genetic technology to save a 4-year-old boy imperiled by a mysterious disease, told with words, graphics, videos and other images.”[5] The title was: ‘One in a Billion: A Boy’s Life, a Medical Mystery.’[6]


  1. ^ "Jennifer Egan wins fiction Pulitzer". USA Today. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Kathleen Gallagher Business reporter at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel". LinkedIn. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.biztimes.com/2017/industries/nonprofit-philanthropy/former-journal-sentinel-reporter-to-lead-milwaukee-institute/
  4. ^ "2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Awards ranging from journalism to fiction to music". Infoplease. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Kathleen Gallagher". Long Form Archive. Retrieved 21 May 2015.