Michele Bender has been an award-winning freelance book and magazine writer for more than 20 years. She co-authors and ghost-writes best-selling books for high-profile experts and celebrities as well as proposals that result in book deals with large advances. Some of these best-sellers include:
. BELIEVE ME: MY BATTLE WITH THE INVISIBLE DISABILITY OF LYME DISEASE by Yolanda Hadid, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. An Amazon best seller just one day after publication.
· THE IMMUNE SYSTEM RECOVERY PLAN by Susan Blum, M.D., in its 19th printing with 100,000 copies in print. Amazon's #1 best seller in immunology.
· CURLY GIRL: THE HANDBOOK by Lorraine Massey, with over 400,000 copies in print.
· REAL LIFE: PREPARING FOR THE 7 MOST CHALLENGING DAYS OF YOUR LIFE by Dr. Phil, NY Times best-seller.
· LOVE SMART: FIND THE ONE YOU WANT, FIX THE ONE YOU GOT by Dr. Phil, NY Times best-seller.
Michele has written articles for national publications including The New York Times and almost every top magazine including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Redbook, Marie Claire, Family Circle and In Style, among many others. She has had regular health, fitness and beauty columns in many of these publications.
Recently, Michele won a 2017 National Health Information award for a Family Circle article on back pain. Also, a series of seven articles that Michele wrote for Family Circle won a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications. She also won the Samter Journalism Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and Excellence in Media Award from the Skin Cancer Foundation.
In addition to print work, Michele has contributed interesting, energetic beauty, health & fitness content to websites such as Yahoo! Health, ivillage.com, lifescript.com and Dr. Oz’s Youbeauty.com. Michele’s essays appear in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, Chicken Soup for the College Soul and If These Walls Could Talk. Her corporate writing includes website content and copy, product packaging copy, e-blasts and newsletters, speech writing, copy for special programs and marketing materials, research reports and video scripts.
As an avid runner, Michele has completed 20 half marathons, often to raise money for children's charities like Team for Kids and the One Step Ahead Foundation. Born and raised in New York City, she earned her bachelor's degree from the School of Speech at Northwestern University and her master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Michele is the mother of two children, Lily and Jonathan.