About Kate Silver

Kate Silver has been writing professionally for 15 years. She got her start writing news and features as a staff writer in Las Vegas in 1999. Along the way, she's stalked celebrities for People Magazine, co-authored guidebooks on Las Vegas, and investigated off-the-beaten path stories (like one about the so-called “Wedding Chapel Wars,” and another where she "embedded" as a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant for a year) for national outlets.

In 2007, she quit her job as associate editor with Las Vegas Life magazine and took the freelance plunge, eventually moving to Chicago to live closer to family. Today, she juggles a healthy mix of editorial and corporate work, specializing in travel, food, wellness and feature stories. Her work appears in Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Men's Health and Crain’s Chicago Business. She is the author of Frommer’s Easy Guide to Chicago 2015, and recently completed a book about a winery in Napa Valley.  

Silver blogs at thekatesilver.blogspot.com and maintains an additional portfolio (which she updates more regularly than her own website) at https://katesilver.contently.com/

Looking back on her career, a montage of "best of" moments include the following:

- Attending Butterball University with Butterball Help Line trainees.

- Spending a year embedded in Mary Kay Cosmetics as an independent beauty consultant.

- Interviewing Bea Arthur and sharing restaurant tips with her.

- Getting kicked out of a Justin Timberlake interview for asking tough questions.

- Bicycling through Las Vegas neighborhoods with Mormon missionaries.

- Exploring Colorado City, Arizona, for a story about Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saint community.

- Meeting with a self-proclaimed hit man to discuss crimes wreaking havoc on the wedding industry in Las Vegas. The story was published in Playboy magazine.

Silver is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Association for Women Journalists.


Association of Journalists and Author's Best Profile of 2010; "How Mya Saved Jacob," Spirit Magazine.

Custom Publishing Council Pearl Award, 2010, silver medal, “Best Feature Article,” “How Mya Saved Jacob, Spirit Magazine.

City Regional Magazine Association, 2006, gold medal, “52 Things Every Las Vegan Must Do.”

Maggie Award Finalist, 2004, Best Series, Wedding Chapel Wars, Western Publications Association.

Outstanding Journalist, 2003, Nevada Press Association.

Journalist of Merit, 2001, Nevada Press Association.                


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Kate Silver specializes in travel, feature, food, wine and health writing for newspapers, magazines and digital media.

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Want to Explore Chicago Like a Local? Buy My Book!

I'm thrilled to announce that my book, Frommer's EasyGuide to Chicago, is now available. I've never worked so hard on a project in my life and am incredibly proud to share it.  Please check it out!

To read about my latest adventures, please visit my blog.

To see my latest articles, please check out my Contently portfolio (it's more extensive than what I keep on here).