Lincoln's Final Hours (Canavan) - Author Bio

Author Bio
Birth—November 15, 1949
Where—Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Education—B.S., Murray State University
Fellowship—National Health Journalism, University of Southern California, Annenberg School
Currently—lives in Wilmington, Delaware


At 65, Kathryn Canavan is a first-time author.

It is natural that she write about the Lincoln assassination, the most consequential crime in American history, because Canavan started her journalism career as a crime reporter.

She eventually worked as reporter or editor in four states, but left the full-time newsroom to serve as a caregiver for her terminally ill parents.

Her freelance writing has been published in USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer and Prevention magazine. She was named a National Health Journalism Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism in 2011. Her fellowship project, "No Child Allowed Outside," chronicled the health effects of gun violence on young children.

To get a story, Canavan has reported at gunpoint, lived with the Moonies, negotiated with a killer, joined Tug McGraw in the Phillies dugout and spent weeks in archives.

Canavan began researching the unintended consequences of the Lincoln assassination in 2009.

She is a former dinosaur docent at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and former long-time volunteer with Cub Pack 506, the nation’s first Cub Scout pack exclusively for boys living in shelters or on the streets. (From the author.)

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