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Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, is director of nutrition for WebMD, overseeing diet, nutrition, and food information. Among other duties, she serves as senior nutrition correspondent, writes features, columns, and diet book reviews,  and provides expert editorial review of diet and nutrition articles. 

Zelman has extensive media experience, including co-hosting a weekly radio program, 12 years as a national spokeswoman for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), and numerous print and television appearances including CNN, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. 

In 2007, Zelman was awarded the prestigious American Dietetic Association “Media Excellence Award” for her contribution and commitment to educating consumers about food and nutrition issues through the media. The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) named Zelman the 2011 recipient of its “Nutrition Science Media Award” for outstanding science and nutrition journalism.

She is a contributing writer for newspapers, magazines, and books including Paul Prudhomme's A Fork in the Road, Healthy Eating for Babies and Toddlers, and A Harvest of Healing Foods.

Zelman has been a dietetic internship director at Ochsner Medical Institutions and assistant professor of nutrition at St. Mary's Dominican College, both in New Orleans. She has extensive experience working with children and weight management clients, chefs, and restaurants in the analysis and development of healthy recipes.

Zelman is active in local, state, and national dietetic associations. She has served as the director-at-large on the American Dietetic Association board of directors, as a trustee of the Georgia Dietetic Foundation, and six years as the Georgia delegate to the American Dietetic Association. She received her master's degree in public health from Tulane University and her bachelor of science from Montclair State University.