Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
Kathleen M. 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; provides expert editorial review of diet and nutrition articles; and covers national meetings.
Zelman has extensive media experience, including co-hosting a weekly radio program, 12 years as a national spokeswoman for the 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 “Media Excellence Award” from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for her contribution and commitment to educating consumers about food and nutrition issues through the media. In 2011, the American Society for Nutrition awarded Zelman the "Nutrition Science Media" award for fostering the public’s understanding of nutrition issues. The Institute of Food Technologists awarded Zelman the 2012 "Media Award for Excellence in Consumer Journalism." She is a contributing writer for newspapers, magazines, and books, including Chef Paul Prudhomme'sFork 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 analysis and development of healthy recipes.
Zelman is active in local, state, and national dietetic associations. She recently served as the director-at-large on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' board of directors for a three-year term. She served as a trustee of the Georgia Dietetic Foundation and two terms as the Georgia delegate to the academy. She received her master's degree in public health from Tulane University and her bachelor of science from Montclair State University.
Zelman serves on the advisory board of Share our Strength, a nonprofit organization aimed at childhood hunger, is a judge for the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, and is a member of the Registered Dietitian Advisors program for the Egg Nutrition Center and Healthy Living Council for Jamba Juice.