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Barbara Walsh
Born August 13, 1958 (1958-08-13) (ageĀ 63)
Status Married
Nationality American
Education University of New Hampshire, 1981
Occupation Journalist, children's writer
Notable credit(s)
The Eagle-Tribune
Spouse(s) Eric Conrad
Children 2 daughters

Barbara Ann Walsh (born August 13, 1958) is an American journalist and writer of children's books. She has worked for The Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, MA), Portland Press Herald, and South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and has taught journalism at Florida International University, University of Southern Maine, and University of Maine at Augusta. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for a series she wrote for the Eagle-Tribune about the Massachusetts prison system. Barbara has also worked as an international speaker for the U.S. Department of State.

Personal life

Walsh is married to Eric Conrad, formerly a Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel beat reporter and Portland newspaper managing editor, who was named editor of The News-Times (Danbury, CT) in May 2006. They have two daughters, Emma and Nora, and have settled in Winthrop, Maine.

Books

Sammy in the Sky

Walsh's first children's book was published by Candlewick Press in August 2011. Sammy in the Sky is a picture book featuring a girl and her hound dog, illustrated by the internationally known contemporary American realist painter Jamie Wyeth. Publishers Weekly called the book "a model of good mourning, it's a fruitful resource; as an account of loss, it goes to the pit of the stomach."

August Gale

Walsh's second book is non-fiction, August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm (Globe Pequot Press, October 2011). It features the Newfoundland fishing industry and an infamous storm that killed four members of her extended family, based in Marysvale. Kirkus Reviews called it "[a] celebration of traditional family values and reconciliation."

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