Lynn Sherr got hooked on "America the Beautiful" as a student at the all-women's Wellesley College, where students routinely substitute "sisterhood" for "brotherhood" when they sing the chorus. Wellesley was home to the song's author, Katharine Lee Bates, who taught English there for decades. It was also where Sherr honed her passion for writing. An award-winning journalist, she is the author of Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony In Her Own Words, Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes and the co-author of ten editions of The Woman's Calendar and Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women's Landmarks.
Lynn Sherr's illustrious journalism career has included work at Mademoiselle, Glamour, Vogue, The Associated Press, WCBS-TV, PBS, and ABC News. She has written for The New York Times, Saturday Review, Ms., and O Magazine among others. She is currently a correspondent for ABC News 20/20. Television may be Sherr's best-known venue, but as she sat down to write the story of "America the Beautiful," she found herself doing something she'd never done professionally before: She was singing.