About Ruth Whippman

Ruth Whippman is an author, journalist and RUTH PROFILEdocumentary film maker from London, living in the USA.

Her work has appeared in the appeared in The  New York Times the Guardian, the Independent and the F-word amongst other places and she is a regular featured blogger at both the Independent and the Huffington Post.  Her book, Star Spangled Happy, or How America’s Relentless Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks will be published in late 2015 by St Martin’s Press, Macmillan.

Before starting to write full time, she spent several years as a Producer and Director at the BBC, first in the Current Affairs Department, on programmes  including Panorama, Newsnight and the Money Programme, and later moving into the Documentaries department where she worked on award winning series such as Child of Our Time and made several one off observational documentary films.   Later, as a freelancer, she produced and directed several documentaries and factual entertainment shows for both the BBC and Channel 4, including working as Senior Producer on multi- award winning show The Apprentice and developing the series Bringing Baby Home for Channel 4.

You can follow her on twitter at @ruthwhippman


  1. This blog rocks. You are definitely on my RSS lead and I just hope Milliband and co are reading and listening. Funny and evidence based…not that is a combination to reckon with.

  2. Heard your radio interview on the CBC tapestry. It was enlightening and right on! Should say ” North America the Anxious. ” My parents are British and immigrated to America. I think they would agree with you. Looking forward to your book Ruth.

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