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Widely acclaimed for her reporting on homes and how we live in them, Katherine Salant won the 2013 Gold Award (first place) for Best Column All Media from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE). She also won a 2013 Silver Award (second place) for Best Freelance Collection and has been honored a total of seven times by NAREE. Read More

Her “Housewatch" column has appeared in The Washington Post since 1994 and syndicated for media outlets across the U.S. She also blogs for the Post. A lifelong explorer of houses, she encourages consumers to think in fresh ways about home planning, design, building and remodeling.

Trained in architecture at Harvard, Katherine was a Fulbright scholar studying (and living in) village houses in Nepal. She has been a National Endowment for the Arts Professional Fellow and winner of the prestigious University of Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award. She is the author of The Brand-New House Book and Four Villages: Architecture in Nepal.

With experience on both sides of the table — as an architectural designer helping homeowners realize their dreams and as a client with her own dreams — she understands that building is not only a financial commitment but an emotional one, and that the process can be overwhelming. Always hands-on in her reporting, she insists on seeing actual samples of products such as fabrics or finishes rather than settling for photos. Frequently, she runs her own informal tests on products she writes about, setting up a “lab” at home.

Katherine grew up in Northern Virginia and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the home where she and her husband, Steve, raised three daughters. There, as in every house she writes about, she ponders her signature, mantra-like question: Does this house make sense for the people who live in it?



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