Shannon Henry Kleiber is a writer and author based in Madison, Wisconsin. She is particularly interested in stories that show an aspect of American culture.
For seven years, Shannon was a columnist and staff writer for The Washington Post, where she eventually wrote for most of the newspaper’s sections, including Style, Business, Sports, National, Metro, Health and The Washington Post Magazine. From 1998 to 2005 Shannon wrote a regular column on technology culture and people for the Post’s Business section.
Her first book, The Dinner Club: How the Masters of the Internet Universe Rode the Rise and Fall of the Greatest Boom in History, was published in 2002 by The Free Press/Simon & Schuster. The Dinner Club was named one of the best business books of the year by Library Journal and received other critical acclaim. The Washington Post Book Review called The Dinner Club “A time capsule of the great Internet bubble” and Publisher’s Weekly called it “riotous and riveting.”
Shannon has also written for The Christian Science Monitor, American Banker and Washington Technology. She was a founding editor of TechCapital, a magazine launched by The Washington Post to cover the intersection of technology and finance. She is a contributing writer and adviser for Edible Madison, a magazine launched in 2010 that celebrates the local and seasonal foods of Madison, WI.
Shannon’s second book On My Honor: Real Life Lessons from America’s First Girl Scout, about Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, was published in Spring, 2012 by Sourcebooks. The Wall Street Journal said in a review of On My Honor: “Ms. Kleiber writes with skill and insight in presenting the Girl Scouts as a positive social force.”
She lives in Madison with her husband and two daughters, where she happily shops at the best farmers’ market in the country. Shannon is a Girl Scout troop leader for her older daughter’s troop and a board member of the Monroe Street Arts Center in Madison.