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Lynn Sherr is an award-winning broadcast journalist and author, well known as a longtime correspondent for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. Some of her writing areas of specialization include women’s issues and social change. Prior to her work with 20/20, she was a national correspondent for ABC News and also reported on the NASA space shuttle program from 1981 to 1986. Sherr has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation Awards, a Gracie Award and a George Foster Peabody Award. In her latest book, “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space” (Simon & Schuster), Sherr provides a definitive biography of Sally Ride with exclusive insights from her family and life partner, as well as from her diaries, files and letters. Sherr’s portrait of Ride is admiring, chronicling the life of an inspiring and fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America.

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Lynn Sherr

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