Outside the Box: A Memoir

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Rodale Books, Sep 5, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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ABC-TV's Lynn Sherr writes a savvy, witty, and moving memoir about events that have shaped her life and her career as one of the first women to break through in broadcast television

As a reporter for 40 years, most of them on television, Lynn Sherr has brought clarity and insight to many of the most compelling news events of our day--from politics to murder trials to the space program. Now this widely respected award-winning journalist lets us in on what she's seen "inside the box" as she steps outside for a reality check. She tells how television journalism has changed over the years, for better and for worse, and explores the critical state of TV news today. Her accounts of the political and cultural upheavals she covered also make this a social history of our time.

When she first began in the industry, newspaper editors bluntly told her, "We don't hire girls," but Lynn persevered, both covering and experiencing the emergence of modern feminism. All that despite being fired from her first TV job! She also addresses the heartbreak of her husband's death followed by her own battle with colon cancer. Lynn Sherr opens up about those painful times with an honesty that will touch and inspire readers. Her personal accounts--growing up in Philadelphia, where her father was a pioneering professional basketball player; suddenly becoming a stepmom; slipping off to commune with giraffes--all underscore her insistence on always keeping one foot outside the box.

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In her latest book,20/20 correspondent Sherr (Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes ) offers a candid and refreshing memoir that also provides an informal history of the evolution of television news ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

LYNN SHERR has been a correspondent with ABC-TV's 20/20 since 1986, specializing in investigative reports, breaking news, and the social changes that have redefined our society. Her books include America the Beautiful; Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes; and Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words. She lives in New York City.

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