Clothilde Ewing studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University, before beginning her working life at CBS News in London. She went on to spend seven years at The Oprah Winfrey Show
There she pitched show ideas and worked with the many guests; some well-known, others ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Inspired to entire public service, she embarked on a new phase of her career, working in the press department for President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012. Her next move was to the office of Chicago Mayor – and Obama’s former Chief of Staff - Rahm Emanuel, as Chief of Strategic Planning.
She now works for The Chicago Community Trust, leading its communications strategy. She is the mother of two young children, the inspiration for her Stella and Roger series of children’s books.
"Stella’s stories are not about race. However, she is black. Though I often complained about the lack of diversity in children’s books, I was inspired to write my own after reading an opinion piece in The New York Times. While I know there is a need to tell our children stories about our history, there is a need for them and their peers that may not look like them, to see beautiful black children having childlike experiences that have nothing to do with race”
Clothilde Ewing's 'Stella' is exactly who I've been looking for from the second I founded my imprint—a spunky, funny little girl with a huge imagination and great stories to tell," said Denene Millner, editorial director of her eponymous imprint at Simon & Schuster. Clothilde's series highlight those everyday lives of Black children in a big way.
The first book in the Stella picture books series, Stella Keeps The Sun Up, with illustrations by Lynn Gaines, was published by Simon & Schuster USA in March 2022 with the second book in the series Stella and the Mystery of the Missing Tooth published in March 2023.