Ellen Ratner is the White House Correspondent and Bureau Chief for The Talk Radio News Service, covering the White House and providing exclusive reports to talk radio stations from the Congress and government agencies. In addition, she is a credentialed reporter at the United Nations in New York where Talk Radio News Service has a bureau. Ms. Ratner is a news analyst on The Fox News Channel where she is currently seen on Foxnews.com and also on the channel on various programs. She is heard on over 400 radio stations across the United States.
Ms. Ratner is the political editor and Washington bureau chief for Talkers.com, the “bible” of the talk media industry. In her capacity as political editor of Talkers.com (formerly Talkers Magazine) she helped to develop the concept of “radio rows” with the first large one held at the White House in 1993. In addition, she has trained many groups in use of radio, television and Internet media. Her book, Ready, Set, Talk! A Guide to Getting Your Message Heard by Millions on Talk Radio, Talk Television, and Talk Internet, was published in July 2006.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Ratner graduated from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. She earned a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University with a focus on adult development and adult education.
From 1971 to 1986, Ms. Ratner worked in the mental health field. Ratner was the Director of the Psychiatric Day Treatment Program at South Shore Mental Center in Quincy, Massachusetts. In 1984, Ms. Ratner joined the Addiction Recovery Corporation (ARC) as a Consultant on Program Development. From 1986 to 1990, Ms. Ratner served as Vice-President of Research, Development, and Service at the ARC and as Director of its Research Foundation. In addition she also developed a customer service program for nine treatment centers owned by Addiction Recovery Corporation. She served as principal investigator for a research study, determining treatment outcome factors in alcoholism and chemical dependency treatment. Working with Professor Regina Herzlinger, Ms. Ratner wrote a case study of Addiction Recovery Corporation for students at Harvard Business School.
Ms. Ratner is also the author of The Other Side of the Family: A Book for Recovery from Abuse, Incest and Neglect published by Health Communications in 1990. In February 1997, Ms. Ratner published “101 Ways to Get Your Progressive Ideas on Talk Radio,” published by National Press Books and Talkers Magazine. She also wrote “Self Empowerment- NineThings the 19th Century Can Teach Us About Living In The 21st” (2011, Changing Lives Press) She was executive producer of “Voices from Mississippi” which won the New York Festival’s radio award for the talk radio interview/special category in 2006.
With Cholene Espinoza, Ms. Ratner developed a post-Katrina community center and public swimming pool in Pass Christian-DeLisle, Mississippi. The Marsha Barbour Center pool opened in 2009. It was the first public swimming pool in a thirty mile radius built since segregation ended. Ms. Ratner was a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow from 1998-2001. From the talk media industry she has received the Judy Jarvis Award as Woman of the Year and was recently honored with the Henry Gruenwald Public Service Award from Lighthouse International for her community service work. For her 60th birthday in 2011 Ms. Ratner began a charity “Goats For The Old Goat” (www.goatsfortheoldgoat.com) to give returning slaves from Sudan to South Sudan a goat so they can begin a new life. Ms. Ratner also has served as the chair of the marketing committee for Lighthouse International in New York City and is currently on the board of the WINDREF Institute in Grenada. She serves on the US Advisory Committee for Reporters Without Borders and is the incoming president of Young American Broadcasters. In the past she has served on the Board of Trustees of Goddard College.
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