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Emmy award winning veteran CNN journalist Gina London has been a writer in some form or another since she was a girl. When she was 10, she wrote National Geographic World Magazine asking to learn about Egypt hieroglyphics. She and her fifth grade girlfriends then proceeded to pass notes written in that ancient code. When she was 17, she disagreed with a George Will column and wrote her first Letter to the Editor which was published in the Muncie Star. Much later, when she was a producer for Fox News in Washington, DC, Gina met Mr. Will and they shared a laugh as she told him how much his provocative writing had riled her. She was the editor of her high school newspaper in the tiny Indiana town of Farmland, where she grew up. The town’s tallest building was the grain elevator and her home was surrounded by corn and soybean fields. But her parents weren’t farmers. Her mom was an instructor at the nearby university and a terrific baker; her dad was a self-taught architect, oil painter, and pilot. He was also Gina’s softball coach and hero until he died suddenly in a plane crash just two weeks before Christmas when she was 11 years old.
The tragedy of losing a loved one helped Gina be more empathetic and compassionate when she became a journalist and was often compelled to cover victims’ families like those from the Columbine high school shooting; the Oklahoma City bombing; 9-11; and from tornadoes and even other airplane crashes.
During her days as a CNN anchor and correspondent, Gina also covered President Bill Clinton including the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to his impeachment. She then reported on the George W. Bush Administration including the 9-11 terrorist attacks with stories from New York and Washington, DC.
Now, Gina is an internationally recognized communications expert whose work has taken her across the globe from Egypt to the UAE, to Cambodia, to Indonesia to Jordan to Romania to Macedonia and more.
She has worked hand in hand with Iraqi women running for Parliament and Baghdad’s City Council, high-level women in the Persian Gulf committed to social change, and opposition party activists in Egypt. Her work in Egypt during the Hosni Mubarak regime led to her program being shut down, her life threatened and ultimately forced her to flee the country.
Back in the US, in Colorado, The Rocky Mountain News described her as “one of Denver’s top lobbyists.” However, right after the birth of her daughter, Gina lost her job. She and her husband, Scotty Walsh, decided to sell everything and move to Paris where they had first met. They lived in the City of Light for two years. Scotty earned a Master’s degree and Gina learned that even though Paris is an amazing place, it’s not easy to raise an infant in a different country where you don’t speak the language. She also began to write a journal of those more trying, yet often humorous, moments.
Gina now lives in Tuscany while her husband Scotty Walsh participates in a two-year Comedia dell’Arte program. Their daughter Lulu is four and proudly declares she “speaks English, Français and Italiano and also the languages of cats and dogs.” With Lulu’s observations now coloring their overseas adventures, Gina has signed up with Sakura to write about their exploits.
Gina says she is “inspired and motivated” by the support and encouragement she’s receiving from Sakura. “Sakura is a leader in independent publishers and I am confident this first effort will be only the beginning of more things to come.”
When Gina isn’t writing or taking care of Lulu she really enjoys sipping espresso or prosecco surrounded by 500 year old Italian buildings and chain smoking locals. Her debut book on Sakura Publishing, BECAUSE I’M SMALL NOW AND YOU LOVE ME: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MY FOUR-YEAR-OLD, is an ode and tribute to Gina’s daughter, Lulu. A collection of stories and quotes, it’s an absolutely hysterical and heart-warming look at a mother who deeply in love with her daughter.