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Award-winning, critically acclaimed (and sometimes controversial) writer Marcia Mitchell is the author of five non-fiction books and has published with Simon & Schuster, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, and David McKay, as well as two smaller houses. Her articles have appeared in national women’s magazines and on the Huffington Post and Truthout. She has been interviewed on national television and radio, and appeared recently before a Capitol Hill panel to testify about the Katharine Gun case, based on her book on that story, The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War.
While one primary focus has been on writing, Marcia’s interest and background also includes extensive work in the areas of public broadcasting and film. She was a senior executive at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a long-time member of the Washington’s WETA TV/FM Board of Directors. She retired as Associate Director of the American Film Institute, where her responsibilities included the annual European Film Festival, the Directing Workshop for Women, the Independent Filmmaker Project, film preservation activities, the film theater at Washington’s Kennedy Center, and various film education programs. She also produced numerous high-profile events for AFI, including premieres of major motion pictures. Marcia has lectured on classic film on the QE2 and the Crystal Symphony.
Before going to Washington and Los Angeles, Marcia was the first female member of the South Dakota Cabinet, at the time the only woman in the country in the role of Secretary of Labor. She serves, and has served, on numerous boards and commissions dealing with the arts and humanities. A native of San Jose, California, and a great-granddaughter of a California historian, she is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. Marcia is a graduate of Norwich University in Vermont.
Widowed, Marcia has two “remarkable and brilliant” grown children, and divides her time between her homes in the Black Hills of South Dakota and on the British West Indian island of Montserrat. With dual citizenship, she also enjoys time spent in the village of Ballydehob on the southwest coast of Ireland.