For 23 years, Valerie Kreutzer worked as broadcaster, writer, and editor for Voice of America and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) in Washington, D.C.  During a two-year assignment in Vienna, Austria, she edited Eastern European editions of Dialogue, USIA’s flagship magazine that was translated into 14 languages. Upon return from Vienna, she was editor of an electronic journal on democracy and human rights.

Prior to the Voice and USIA, she was an editor with Houghton Mifflin Co. in Boston, where she developed German Today, a bestselling textbook series. 

As a freelancer, she has published essays, opinion pieces, and travel stories in journals and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Charlotte Observer, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, German Life (mag.), Span (mag.), the (Arizona) Tribune, the Tri-City Herald, the (L.A.) Jewish Journal.

She holds an M.A. from Duke University and passed qualifying exams for a Ph.D.

She was born in Berlin, Germany, and now lives in Seattle, WA.