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Lynn Sherr

Correspondent, 20/20
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Biography

Award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author Lynn 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. Her newest book, SALLY RIDE: America’s First Woman in Space (published in June 2014) was a New York Times Science Bestseller, was named one of the Washington Post’s Best Books of the Year, and was a Finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards for history and biography.

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 numerous awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation awards, a Gracie Award, and, among other honors, 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 10 editions of “The Women's Calendar.” Her bestselling book, Tall Blondes, offered a perceptive and highly praised look at one of wildlife's most endearing but little-understood animals — giraffes — and 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.

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Topics

Sally Ride: Inspiration from America's First Woman in Space

Based on her biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, Sherr will discuss how Ride broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women. Having had exclusive insights from Ride’s family, friends, partner, and by being the ABC reporter who covered NASA during this transformative time, Sherr shares Ride’s inspiring journey, including her scrupulously guarded personal life. She draws from Ride’s diaries, files, and letters to create a rich biography and presentation of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America. Her revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. Sherr makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman, an inspiration to millions, come alive.

Surviving Cancer

Lynn Sherr discusses her personal experience with colon cancer/chemo/survival and what she's learned about life with and without cancer.

Outside the Box

Based on her book, Outside the Box: A Memoir, Lynn Sherr discusses her life on and off the camera.

Other Tall Blondes

Based on her best-selling book, Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes, Lynn Sherr fascinates an audience with facts and tales about giraffes, her own personal totem.

Women’s Issues – Power of Women, History of Women, Women Today, Susan B Anthony, Inspirational Messages to Women

Lynn Sherr weaves together a discussion of the power of women based on examples of incredible historical and contemporary women.

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