Kee Malesky was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where her family has lived for more than 150 years. She received her undergraduate (Art) and master's (Library & Information Science) degrees from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she still resides (a city with many free museums but not much great pizza).
In nearly three decades as part of the NPR Library team, Kee cataloged and archived programs, performed background research, answered fact-checking questions, found experts, suggested story ideas, and provided guidance on grammar, usage, and pronunciation (but don't blame her when someone says "nook-yoo-ler"). Kee coordinated the library's internal News Wiki, and also worked on many special projects for NPR -- producing Election Night briefing books, documenting the early history of the network, and assisting with staff training projects. She also wrote an occasional column for NPR.org called Kee Facts.
In 2010, Kee published "All Facts Considered; The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge," a compendium of interesting and unusual facts that she has accumulated during all those years answering questions for NPR reporters, editors, and hosts. She followed that volume with a second collection, "Learn Something New Every Day; 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life" (Wiley 2012), which NPR's special correspondent Susan Stamberg called, "A bon-bon of a book, crammed with delicious nuggets of information and morsels of amusement."