J E N N I F E R   R U D E   K L E T T

Midwestern freelance writer of history, home, garden, travel & food 

About Jennifer

Native Wisconsinite Jennifer Rude Klett is a journalism graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and former newspaper reporter who currently writes freelance features about history, home, garden, travel, food and life in Midwestern U.S.A. She also volunteers her time as newsletter editor for one of the four Midwestern historical societies of which she is a member. Jennifer's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper article, "Hog Wild for Heritage Pork," recently received an excellence in journalism award for Best Consumer Story or Series by the Milwaukee Press Club in March 2019. Her nonfiction book, Alamo Doughboy: Marching Into The Heart Of Kaiser's Germany During World War I, was first published in 2014 by Branden Books. The second edition of Alamo Doughboy was published in 2019.


12 Fun Facts About Jennifer:

  • I was born and lived all but three years of my life in Wisconsin.
  • I am tall coming from other tall people, and the only girl with a bunch of tall brothers.
  • I love to cook, bake and plant things especially burr oak trees, the greatest tree on God's green Earth.
  • I greatly appreciate and subscribe to many real newspapers and magazines.
  • I am a card-carrying member of four Midwestern historical societies.
  • I eat cheese every day. Usually, more than once a day.
  • In my opinion, beagles are the cutest dogs and marmalades are the cutest cats. Generally speaking, of course.
  • I believe you can solve most of your problems at church, the library, and the hardware store.
  • I think history is important because it provides a sense of context. Traveling does that, too.
  • I still have slumber parties every year with girlfriends I've known since high school.
  • I am drawn to simplicity.
  • I am a serial redecorator and freely admit it.