Michelle Carter is a professional journalist with a thirty-year career in daily newspapering (The Kansas City Star and The San Mateo Times) and a twelve-year stint as a journalism instructor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she has been writing professionally for most of her adult life. From Under the Russian Snow is the second book to grow out of her experiences in the former Soviet Union. The first, Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope From the Ashes, was co-written with Michael J. Christensen and published by Augsburg Publishing of Minneapolis. Carter has two children, a daughter (a published short story writer), a son (a teacher and school administrator), and a grandson (an avid blogger). A magazine editor, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, a retired airline captain and flying instructor, and their cat. Life is good.
From Under the Russian Snow (Bedazzled Ink)
Michelle Carter at age fifty, married and the mother of two children in their early twenties, left her job as managing editor of a suburban daily newspaper in the San Francisco Bay area in 1995 to move to Russia for a year as a United States Information Agency Journalist-in-Residence.
There she traveled across the eleven time zones of this complex country, working with newspaper editors who struggled to adapt to the new concepts of press freedom and a market economy. She became an on-the-scene witness to the second great Russian revolution. She viewed Russia from her flat on the embankment of the Moscow River and from her sometimes humorous shoulder-to-shoulder participation in the life of the largest country in the world.
At the same time, she embarked on a personal journey that wrenched her life in a way she could never have anticipated when she accepted her husband’s challenge to take this assignment and culminate her eight years of work and travel in the former Soviet Union.
Chidren of Chernobyl: Raising Hope From the Ashes (Augsburg)1993
Awards and Recognition
- National Federation of Press Women award for best non-fiction book, 2018, second place honor.
Press and Media Mentions
- After Hours, interview with Rick Kogan on WGN Radio, Chicago
- Book review, Story Circle Reviews
- Interview, San Mateo (Calif.) Daily Journal
- Book review, Good Reads
- Interview, Radio Free Europe (in Russian)
- Op/Ed article, San Mateo (Calif.) Daily Journal
- The Better Part, KMTV, interview
- Interview, Arsenevski Vesti (in Russian)