Award-winning broadcaster and author Lynn Sherr spent more than thirty years at ABC News, including more than twenty as a correspondent with the ABC Newsmagazine 20/20.
She has covered a wide range of stories, specializing in women's issues and social change, as well as investigative reports. She has received numerous awards, including 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 ABCNEWS, 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.
She is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she served as a trustee.
Before going to ABC in 1977, Sherr was a reporter for WNET-TV in New York and WETA-TV in Washington, D.C., both public television stations. Prior to that, she reported for WCBS-TV in New York, and The Associated Press in New York and Condé Nast Publications.
She is the author of 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.
She wrote the Foreword to The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight and to Smart Women Don’t Retire: They Break Free.
She has also published articles in numerous print publications, including The New York Times, Parade, Town & Country, Reader’s Digest, Mademoiselle, House and Garden, and More Magazine.
She has served as a Contributing Editor at More Magazine, a Contributing Writer for numerous other publications, including Parade, where she did cover stories on Rick Perry, Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden; she can be found online at The Daily Beast, and on the air on a variety of programs. She is a Commissioner on the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues. She is also a member of the selection committee for the John Chancellor Awards. Lynn Sherr is a popular lecturer and public speaker at many venues, including women’s groups, journalism classes and meetings of cancer professionals.
Her newest book, SWIM: Why We Love the Water, was published in April 2012.