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Donna Britt, Author of Brothers (& Me) A Memoir.

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Welcoming author Donna Britt to talk about her beautiful memoir Brothers (& Me).

Donna was born in Gary, Indiana, the sole daughter in a family of four. Choosing to attend Hampton University in Virginia, Donna majored in film there, and went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. During her last year in Ann Arbor, her older brother Darrell was shot to death by Gary police. Donna was so traumatized that she had trouble speaking her brother’s name for years. She managed to graduate from Michigan and was hired by the Detroit Free Press. She spent seven years there, and then moved on to USA Today.

Education

Hampton University, undergraduate degree; University of Michigan, master’s degree.

Career

Detroit Free Press, staff writer, 1978-85; USA Today, staff writer, 1985-89; Washington Post, began as a features writer, 1989, then as a Metro columnist, 1990 to 2008; recently a columnist for Politics Daily from 2009-2010

Awards

Nominated for Pulitzer Prize in journalism, 1990; Distinguished Writing Award for commentary and column writing, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 1994; Salute to Excellence Awards, National Association of Black Journalists, 1990; The American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors

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