Marilyn Chase is a graduate of Stanford University with honors in English, and UC Berkeley with a Master of Journalism. As a reporter, columnist and senior special writer at the The Wall Street Journal, Chase covered health and medical science. She is the author of The Barbary Plague: the Black Death in Victorian San Francisco, (Random House, 2003), a tale of how not to handle an epidemic that has echoes today. Chase’s second book, Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa (Chronicle Books, 2020), tells the life story of a woman who survived being imprisoned for her race in WWII, and transcended discrimination to become a groundbreaking sculptor, passionate arts advocate, and San Francisco’s beloved “fountain lady.” The book was named one of Smithsonian scholars’ favorite books of 2020, and ARTnews’ most compelling biographies.
Stanford, BA English Lit./Departmental Honors
University Of California, Berkeley, MA Journalism
Wall Street Journal (1978 - 2008) Sr. Special Writer.
UC Berkeley (2009-Current) Continuing Lecturer
Stanford University (January 2018) Visiting Lecturer.
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK
Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa
The Wall Street Journal, ICONS: High Wire Artist Ruth Asawa Edges Into the Mainstream
REPORTING INTERESTSArts, Business, Health, Science, Technology
MEDIA PLATFORMSNarrative Writing