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Barbara Kantrowitz was named contributing editor in October 2007. Before that, she was a senior editor in Newsweek's Society section, where she wrote and edited dozens of cover stories on health, education, religion and women's issues. She oversaw Newsweek's last three women and leadership cover stories and edits the annual list of the nation's best high schools. She writes the "Her Body" column on women's health for Newsweek.com with Washington Correspondent Pat Wingert. Kantrowitz and Wingert are also co-authors of "Is It Hot in Here? Or Is It Me? The Complete Guide to Menopause" from Workman Publishing.

Kantrowitz has worked at Newsweek since 1985 and has won numerous awards for her work, including the New York Press Club Award, the Front Page Award from the Newswomen's Club of New York, the Deadline Club Award for Public Service Reporting and the Educational Press Association's Distinguished Achievement Award. In 1992, she was awarded a German Marshall Fund fellowship to study education in Germany and the Netherlands.

Before Newsweek, Kantrowitz worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer for six years as New York bureau chief and feature writer. While there, she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. She also worked at People magazine, The New York Times, Newsday, and The Hartford Courant. She has freelanced for many national magazines, including Martha Stewart Living, Self, and Working Mother. She is also a published fiction writer whose work has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review and Literal Latte.

Kantrowitz received her B.A. in history from Cornell University and her M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has two sons and lives in London with her husband, Daniel Hertzberg, deputy managing editor, international, of The Wall Street Journal.