Fall 2006 - Lynn Sherr

*On November 28, 2006, Lynn Sherr presented the lecture "Outside the Box: Women, Politics, and Media."

Lynn Sherr is an award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author. Sherr spent more than thirty years at ABC News, including more than twenty as a correspondent with the ABC Newsmagazine "20/20." Since she left ABC in 2008, she has been freelancing on a variety of platforms, from print to TV to digital.

Throughout her career, Sherr has covered a wide range of stories, specializing in women's issues and social change, as well as investigative reports. Her awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation awards, a Gracie Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award.

Prior to her assignment at "20/20," Sherr was a national correspondent for ABC News, where she was also part of the network's political team for every election cycle through 2000. Sherr also reported on the NASA space shuttle program from its inception in 1981 through the Challenger explosion in 1986, anchoring almost every mission from launch to landing. Before going to ABC in 1977, Sherr was a reporter for WNET-TV in New York and WETA-TV in Washington, DC, both public television stations. Prior to that, she reported for WCBS-TV in New York, The Associated Press in New York, and Condé Nast Publications.

Sherr is the author of "SWIM: Why We Love the Water" (2012); her memoir, "Outside the Box: My Unscripted Life of Love, Loss and Television News," published in September 2006; the biography, "Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words"; and co-author of "Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women's Landmarks," and ten editions of “The Women's Calendar.” Her bestselling book, "Tall Blondes," a look at giraffes, was also the subject of a one-hour documentary for the "PBS Nature" program. Her bestselling book, "America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation’s Favorite Song," came out in 2001. She conceived and co-edited "Peter Jennings: A Reporter’s Life," which was published in 2007.

Sherr received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College.

For more information on Lynn Sherr, please visit her profile at the American Program Bureau.

Bio excerpted and photo from http://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/lynn-sherr.