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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.
Awards: NATAS Emmy Award (3)