Tucson Festival of Books

Terese Schlachter


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Terese Schlachter is an author, video producer, writing coach, instructor and Chief Storyteller at Ridgeback Communications. She began her career in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio, as a reporter at WTVG-TV, botching several live reports before taking her place behind the camera as a producer. Schlachter market-hopped from Toledo, Ohio, to Louisville, Ky., to Detroit, becoming an executive producer in Miami before settling in at MSNBC and NBC News in Washington, D.C., where she covered politics and other more natural disasters for the network. In 2007 she jumped from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon, spending many days at Walter Reed Army Medical Center covering issues surrounding war-wounded members of the military. She was awarded three Emmys for her documentary coverage of veterans before stepping out with her own company in 2015. Schlachter's clients include various veteran service organizations, government agencies, colleges and local school systems. Schlachter earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction at the Solstice Program of Lasell University in Boston. She and Greg Gadson co-authored "Finding Waypoints, A Warrior’s Journey Towards Peace and Purpose" (2023). Schlachter is now gently coaching new writers through their memoirs.


She lives with her husband, Jon Coile, and Lillian the Ridgeback dog, along the West River in beautiful Shady Side, Md.

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Awards: NATAS Emmy Award (3)


Scheduled events:
Through the Eyes of a Filmmaker
It's truly an art to take a story that is almost beyond belief and turn it into a visual experience. Here is a look at two women who do just that. One in the intelligence field who turned up new clues about John F. Kennedy's assassination, and the other working with a war hero who transforms his devastating injuries into a positive force for other veterans, professional football players, and anyone facing a major challenge.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Mary Haverstick, Terese Schlachter
Moderator: Jay Rochlin
They've Been to Hell ... and Back
Jessica Roy and Terese Schlachter come to the festival with painfully difficult stories featuring characters who've felt fire and some rain as they dealt with terrorists. They emerged with scars, but still remarkably optimistic.

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jessica Roy, Terese Schlachter
Moderator: Jeffrey Ronstadt
Pushing Through
If it sounds like a life made for the movies .. it is. Losing both legs in Iraq in 2007, Col. Greg Gadson found new purpose in life by mentoring a struggling NFL team to a Super Bowl championship. He has starred in a major motion picture, become a motivational speaker and supported countless veterans in their roads to recovery. He and his co-author, Terese Schlacter, will share his awe-inspiring story.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Gregory Gadson, Terese Schlachter
Moderator: Tim Kish

Book:
Finding Waypoints
A Warrior's Journey Toward Peace and Purpose
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
SCHAFFNER Press
November 2023
ISBN 9781639640249
320 pages
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