After graduating in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she co-captained the women’s lacrosse team, Ms. Bohner took an analyst position at the international investment bank Lazard Frere & Co. in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. For the next two years, she worked as a Junior Associate in both the New York and the London offices.
Leaving banking in 1991 to pursue a writing career, Ms. Bohner was awarded the Reader’s Digest Literary Foundation Fellowship to study journalism at Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Science degree in journalism. Upon graduating in 1992, she joined Forbes magazine as a fact checker. After 13 months, she was promoted to writer and began contributing to the Small Business, Healthcare, Careers, investigative and other sections of the magazine. Ms. Bohner was then asked to reinvent the column “The Informer,” rising to Associate Editor. And during her time at Forbes, she was an on-air contributor to CNN and to E! Entertainment Network. She has also written for publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and George Magazine.
With Donald Trump, Ms.Bohner co-authored Trump: The Art of The Comeback, which hit the 1997 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller Lists.
In 1997, Ms. Bohner became a correspondent for CNBC, launching “Business Center,” with Maria Bartiromo and Tyler Mathison. She went on to write and broadcast “Kate Bohner’s Power File” on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” In 1998, Jack Reilly, the former executive producer at CNBC joined Ms. Bohner and other NBC veterans in founding a startup, Internet news service, JAGfn, providing online content similar to that found on CNBC.
Ms. Bohner joined E*TRADE in 2000 as the Managing Editor of Digital Financial Media, anchoring E*TRADE on Air, WNEW 102.7 FM, as well as serving as a “face” highlighting the brand change to E*TRADE Financial.
In 2002, returning to her roots in banking, Ms. Bohner joined, as partner, The Fort Hill Group, a New York-based investment banking, capital advisory and venture capital firm. While at Fort Hill, Ms. Bohner and her partner, John R. Lakian, formed and funded a medical device company, Living Independently Group, Inc. (www.quietcaresystems.com). In the first quarter of 2010, Living Independently Group was sold successfully to General Electric, Inc., in a stock and cash transaction.
In 2006, Ms. Bohner launched “Kate’s Take” on KBTV (www.youtube.com/katebohner), a four-minute daily videoblog based and shot in South Florida. The show covered a wide range of information from top news stories to quirky pop culture, finance, politics, healthcare and style. While living in Los Angeles, Ms. Bohner was honored for her work in raising awareness about VVF in Nigeria while following Physicians for Peace through video and internet content, receiving the 2008 President’s Award for Special Achievement.
In November 2008, Ms. Bohner traveled to Thailand to live in a monastery and ordained as a Buddhist nun.
Today, Ms. Bohner, president of Kate Bohner Productions, LLC (www.katebohnerproductions.com), is writing her second book, a novel. She also is enrolled in the Yoga Fox College seven-month yoga teacher training program. In May, she expects to receive her RYT-200 certification.
Ms. Bohner lives in Delray Beach, Florida.