I am a former daily newspaper journalist with a resume that covers an era when switching jobs and newsrooms was just what you did, and could afford to do, because there was always another, better job ahead.  I grew up working for my mother’s small weekly paper in Massachusetts, then moved to dailies in New Hampshire–Concord Monitor, Keene Sentinel, the wonderful training ground of the Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News, and a rich, if brief, stint with the Associated Press. I was privileged to work for the President’s National Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention during the Carter and Reagan years.

Photo/Alan S. Weiner

Photo/Alan S. Weiner

 

In Seattle, I had the good fortune to work for KING Broadcasting, Seattle Weekly, and then for several years as a writer and an editor for the Seattle Times. I contributed freelance features to several newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, and book reviews to the New York Times.

I now live and write in Portland, Oregon, with my husband, Tim Hartnett.

Photo/Peter Hughes

Photo/Peter Hughes

My book, “Carolina Israelite: How Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights,” is published by The University of North Carolina Press. (May 2015)

Some of my reviews and articles for the Seattle Times, San Diego Reader, Crosscut.com, and New York Times Book Review appear on this page.

Harry Golden liked to say that the South made him a writer. In my own case, Northfield Mount Hermon School made me a writer. Smith College made me a biographer.

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