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Lynne Olson

writer, reporter

Lynne Olson has been a reporter and writer since shortly after her graduation from the University of Arizona. In 1971, she went to work for the associated press in Salt Lake City, and in 1972, transferred to the AP's San Francisco bureau, where she specialized in feature writing. Later that same year, Olson was named to AP's top feature writing team in New York, which focused on developing and writing stories about the country's rapidly changing social mores. After Carter became president, Olson joined the Washington bureau of *the Baltimore Sun*, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House. In 1981, she quit *the Sun* to become a freelance writer. She has written for such publications as *American Heritage*, *Smithsonian*, *Working Woman*, *Los Angeles Times Magazine*, *Ms.*, *Elle*, *Glamour*, *Washington Journalism Review* and *Baltimore Magazine*. She also taught journalism for five years as an assistant professor at American University in Washington. Olson and her husband, Stanley Cloud, are co-authors of *The Murrow Boys*, which was named one of the best books in 1996 by *Publisher's Weekly*. *Freedom's Daughters*, Olson's second book, is the first comprehensive history of women in the civil rights movement. Olson joined with Cloud again to write *A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II*. She is now working on a book about how the occupied countries of Europe continued the fight against Hitler from London and greatly contributed to the Allied victory in World War II.