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Biography of Kate Gosselin

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Kate Gosselin

Kate Gosselin

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Website and Contact Information for Kate Gosselin:

Website: John and Kate Plus 8

Contact: PR Contact Media Motion International, Los Angeles, CA

Birth Place and Family:

Katie (“Kate”) Irene Kreider was born March 28, 1975 to Charlene and Kenton Kreider in Hersey, Pennsylvania at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the same hospital where Kate would later give birth to her own sextuplets.

It is reported that Charlene Kreider was 17 at the time of Kate’s birth. Kate is the second oldest of five children: Christen Largent; Kendra Wilber; Clairissa Kreider; and Kevin Kreider.

On October 5, 1997 Kate met Jonathan (“Jon”) Gosselin (born April 1, 1977) at a picnic. The couple were married less than two years later on June 12, 1999.

Her Education:

Gosselin graduated from the Reading Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing under their diploma program. After graduation she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

PCOS and Infertility Treatments:

After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a metabolic disorder that affects some 14 million women, the newlyweds began infertility treatment.

On October 8, 2000, Kate Gosselin gave birth to twin girls born six (6) minutes apart, Cara Nichole and Madelyn (“Mady”) Kate.

The couple again pursued infertility treatment and on May 20, 2004, Gosselin gave birth to sextuplets (three girls and three boys) in the following order: Alexis Faith; Hannah Joy; Aaden Jonathan; Collin Thomas; Leah Hope; and Joel Kevin.

Books Written by Kate Gosselin:

Kate Gosselin has written two books:

  • Multiple Blessings, (Zondervan) was released November 1, 2008. It quickly became a hit, making the New Your Times best-seller list only one week after being released. The book details the ups and downs of the couples’ life from facing infertility to the conception and birth of twins and sextuplets.

  • Eight Little Faces, (Zondervan) was released in April 2009. Her latest book offers fans family photos and personal insight into her faith in God.

Speaking Engagements and Public Appearances:

Kate Gosselin enjoys making public appearances. Gosselin travels the country for interviews and speaking engagements for which she receives compensation. While on the road, her husband Jon stays home to tend the children.

Her schedule is sometimes posted on the family's official website SixGosselins.com.

Jon and Kate Plus 8 – The Show

More than 4 million viewers tune in to TLC each week to follow the busy life of Kate Gosselin, wife, and mother of eight. The show began as a good thing providing desperately needed income to help meet the needs of a large family.

But being a reality TV family has many disadvantages. For example, a full production crew is on location in the Gosselin home four days each week. To facilitate filming of the show, the couple has had to endure permanent studio light fixtures being installed in their home.

Paparazzi follow the couple, even camping out on their front porch to get a shot. In May 2009, allegations of Kate and Jon both having affairs only intensified the publicity and stress on their marriage.

Now in its fifth season, it is unclear if the Gosselin marriage dissolves if Kate will continue the show on her own.

How Much Money Does Kate Gosselin Make?

It is estimated that the family receives $25,000 to $50,000 per episode. The Gosselins also receive residual income from DVD sales. The fun trips the family takes on the show are paid-for-perks and the couple has reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars in free products and goods.

Gosselin also earns hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from speaking engagements, interviews, and from the sales of her two books. But Gosselin reports, “it all goes into the same pot.”

According to an interview in People magazine (May 25, 2009 print edition), Gosselin reports that Jon, who earns less money, has shown signs of resenting her superior income; “I have always made more money than Jon… He hates to speak, he doesn’t write, he doesn’t do public appearances – all those things I love.”

Do you have business advice you want to offer Kate? Kate Gosselin, mother of eight and co-star of the reality TV show (TLC), "Jon and Kate Plus Eight," is being criticized for suggesting she would continue the show alone if her marriage breaks up.

Gosselin said she may push her fame and success even harder now that she may be facing becoming a single mother. What business advice would you give Kate about how to use her fame to provide for her children without sacrificing their well-being? Share your business advice with Kate!

Sources:
Penn State Live. The Day After Mother’s Day The Gosselin Sextuplets Arrive. May 10, 2004.
The Gosselin official website: SixGosselins.com. Accessed May 15, 2009.
Kate Coyne. People magazine. "I have a lot of Anger." May 25, 2009, print edition.

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