About the author


Barbara Carney-Coston is an award-winning media producer, writer, and educator. She began her career as a teacher and then worked in educational television, producing programs for public television, The Learning Channel and a variety of private clients. For National Geographic, she produced many web features, including one about the Underground Railroad that won a Parents’ Choice award and was designated an ALA Notable Website.

A documentary for public television took her to Ireland and Montana to film exemplary hospice care, and she spent a night on Kitt Peak in Arizona observing astrophysicists at work in partnership with citizen scientists who had helped sort images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

She has written for Highlights for ChildrenHopscotch, and Washington Parent magazines. 

Born in Detroit, Michigan, she loved spending part of every summer as a child "up North." She currently resides in Washington, DC, where she serves on the Board of a program for the University of Michigan (“Michigan in Washington”) and mentors UM students who spend a semester working at an internship in the Capital region. She enjoys reading, writing and research, cooking and gardening, swimming and travel. She and her husband are the proud parents of two grown children. 






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