Women in Leadership 2019
Journalist and Author
Award-winning broadcaster and author Lynn Sherr spent more than 30 years with ABC News, covering a wide range of stories—from women’s issues and social change to investigative reports, politics and the space program—at 20/20 and World News. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parade (cover stories on President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Mitt Romney, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ina Garten, among others) and Swimmer. She continues to broadcast on a variety of platforms, to write for magazines and online, and to lecture across the country.
Her biography “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space” was published in 2014. (The paperback came out in 2015.) Among its other honors, the book was a New York Times Best Seller, and was a Best Book of the Year for The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Sherr got to know Sally Ride while covering NASA during the shuttle program. Sherr was also one of 30 semifinalists in the since-disbanded journalist-in-space program.
Widely acknowledged as an expert on the life of Susan B. Anthony and the suffrage movement, Sherr is also the author of a number of other best-selling books, including “SWIM: Why We Love the Water”; “Outside the Box: My Unscripted Life of Love, Loss and Television News”; “Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words”; and “Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes,” which was also the subject of a one-hour documentary for the PBS Nature program.
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