Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and went on to feature writing and columnist positions at daily newspapers in Hannibal, St. Louis, and Milwaukee.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Catherine was in Manhattan to cover New York Fashion Week for Wisconsin’s largest newspaper. At first word of the terrorist attacks, she rushed to Ground Zero and filed award-winning eyewitness reports. A newspaper containing one of her 9/11 dispatches is among those displayed in Washington D.C.’s Newseum. A memoir of her harrowing experiences that week has been accessioned into the State Historical Society of Missouri archives.

Catherine’s articles, stories, and essays have appeared in newspapers, literary reviews, magazines, and anthologies. Her book-length works to date are:

* A Matter of Happenstance (2010, Plain View Press).

* Eternal Day (SHSM archives) A memoir about reporting the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

* Going on Nine (2014, Familius Publications).

* Voyage: A Memoir of Love, War, and Ever After (2017, eLectio Publishing).

A seasoned public speaker, Catherine has given author talks and lectures in five states. In November of 2017, she was selected to participate in The Storytellers Project, a ticketed event sponsored by the USA Today Network and the Ft. Myers News-Press. The Florida Writers Association has named her memoir, Voyage, as a finalist in the book-length memoir category of its 2018 Royal Palm Awards. She is currently working on a sequel.

She and her husband, Dennis, live in Bonita Springs, FL. They have two daughters