Meg Kissinger (2018) is an investigative health reporter. She worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 35 years. Kissinger is well-known for her intrepid mental health reporting throughout the country. Her work has won two George Polk Awards, a Robert F. Kennedy National Journalism Award, two Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards and many more. Meg was also a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. She teaches at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
As a Logan Nonfiction fellow, Meg will work on a reported memoir about her family’s struggles with mental illness and her reporter’s quest to learn all she could about what eventually killed two of them. The book will take readers into psychiatric wards, emergency rooms and funeral homes. Meg examines the deadly consequences of shame, deinstitutionalization, overmedication, prejudice against people with mental illness, the appalling lack of decent housing and the shortage of places for people in crisis.