Kathleen Wheaton grew up in California and graduated from Stanford University. She then received an MFA from Boston University. She has worked for 25 years as a journalist and travel writer, and lived for 12 years in Spain and Latin America. Her journalism and interviews have been published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The San Francisco Examiner, Town & Country, European Travel & Life, Via, Smithsonian and the Paris Review.
Since 2005, she has been a regular contributor of profiles and features for Bethesda Magazine, and she has received Society of Professional Journalist awards for profiles of public radio host Diane Rehm and opera singer Denyce Graves as well as for a report on teen suicide. She is an assistant editor of the online literary magazine, Narrative, and she also works as a Spanish and Portuguese interpreter for the Montgomery County Public School system in Maryland.
Her short stories have appeared in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Byline, Flyway, The Baltimore Review, Timber Creek Review, New South, Smokelong Journal, Green Hills Literary Lantern, artisan, River Oak Review, and Narrative as well as the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward, (Norton, 2005) and Amazing Graces, (Paycock Press, 2012). She has been the recipient of three Maryland Arts Council grants.
In 2013 she received the Washington Writers Publishing House award for fiction, and her short story collection, Aliens and Other Stories, appeared on October 15, 2013. She enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and foreign languages. She is married to NPR reporter David Welna and they have two sons. She lives in Bethesda, Md.