Katherine Stewart was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She started her career in journalism working for investigative reporter Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice, and contributed to Newsweek International, the New York Observer, and Rolling Stone, among others. She cowrote the book about the musical Rent and, after moving to Santa Barbara in 2005, published two novels about 21st-century parenting. She is the author of The Good News Club (PublicAffairs, 2012), an investigative book about public education and religious fundamentalism in America. Most recently she has written for the New York Times, the Nation, the Atlantic, and the Guardian.