Smoke the Donkey | The Author
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Cate is a member of The Authors Guild and Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers.   (Photo by Ryan Soderlin)

About Cate Folsom


Cate Folsom is in a unique position to write this book because it is her husband’s story, which she watched unfold. Although this is her first foray into book writing, she has worked for more than three decades as an award-winning newspaper editor and reporter for the Omaha World-Herald. She tells the story through her husband’s reminiscences, the rich email correspondence that unfolded as he worked to get Smoke to America and interviews with key characters.


Cate is currently the metro-regional editor for the Omaha World-Herald. Over the course of her 35-year career at the newspaper, she has covered reporting beats including feature writing and the Washington Bureau and has worked over the years as an assignment editor for every news beat, ranging from police and courts to narrative columns and investigative journalism, from statehouse and city hall to Congress, and from military and politics to education and medicine. She has led several award-winning efforts, overseeing topics such as the attempted recall of the Omaha mayor, embedded coverage of National Guard troops in Afghanistan and a year-long analysis of a mass shooting at a local shopping mall.