Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick, former reporter, award-winning journalist, feature writer and author of “A Matter of Happenstance” was our guest today on JOY Radio: People Inspiring People. Catherine grew up in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Now retired, her 30-year career as a feature writer took her from a neonatal hospital ward, to a Death Row cellblock, to a champagne garden party hosted by Ralph Lauren.
On September 11, 2011 Catherine happened to be in Manhattan to cover Fashion Week runway shows for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. At first word of the attacks, she rushed downtown and filed award-winning dispatches from the chaotic street near Ground Zero. During the show, Catherine mentions reporting from New York that week was an unforgettable experience. And the irony of a fashion writer reporting a world-changing tragedy gave rise to her book, “A Matter of Happenstance.”