Garfield Girl

Kathleen A. Frankovic is one of the world’s leading experts in public opinion polling. She has been an election and polling consultant for CBS News and other research organizations.

She speaks and writes internationally about public opinion research, journalism and elections as an invited speaker in places as diverse as Italy, Jordan, Hong Kong, Manila, Mexico, Lisbon, Chile and India. In 2009 she retired after more than 30 years at CBS News.

She retired from full-time work at CBS News in 2009, and since then has consulted for CBS News, Harvard University, the Pew Research Center, Open Society Foundations and YouGov. She sits on the ESOMAR Professional Standards Committee.

She writes weekly analyses of polling results of the Economist/YouGov Polls.

She is a member of the Professional Standards Committee and of ESOMAR, the Global Insights Community, and in that role chaired the committee that updates the ESOMAR/WAPOR Guide on Opinion Polls and Published Surveys and the Online International Course for Journalists.

She received an A.B. from Cornell University in 1968, and a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 1974. Before joining CBS News, she taught political science at the University of Vermont, and has also held visiting professorships at Cornell and at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Garfield, New Jersey by Valerie Larko Botany Mills, Passaic River in Garfield, New Jersey by Valeri Larko

She was born in Passaic, just across the river from Garfield, New Jersey, where she grew up in the house of her Rusyn immigrant grandparents, and attended Most Holy Name School and Pope Pius XII Diocesan High School, neither of which is still open. She now lives in New York City (returning after 15 years on the Big Island of Hawaii) with her husband, Hal Glatzer, a writer and musician.

On the Big Island, she (sometimes) performed as an actor and singer in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, as she had in college and graduate school. She also had roles in shows like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and (her personal favorite) Nunsense.