A graduate of Louisiana State University's School of Journalism, Debra-Lynn has spent more than two decades writing and reporting for newspapers, magazines, Web sites and research organizations on a range of topics. Her passion for excellence in communication has taken her to the university setting, where she taught journalism, and to the bedside of the dying, where she wrote and photographed hospice patients as a lasting tribute for their families. Her attention to detail, to complete reporting and to the authenticity of her work has been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Institute of Southern Studies. Debra-Lynn is a native of South Carolina and a former resident of New Orleans and Geneva, Switzerland. She lives now in Kent, Ohio, with her husband, political scientist Dr. Steven W. Hook, and their three children. In addition to writing, taking pictures and managing her family, Debra-Lynn spends her time studying vocal music and African drumming. She travels as often as possible to New Orleans, where her family of origin lives, a city she vows to help resurrect.
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