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Cathy Mitchell's latest work is a novel about animal rescue. "Save a Spaniel" tells the story of a dog dropped at an animal shelter and in danger of euthanasia. The dog walks through many lives as she learns to work with people and finally finds a role as a therapy dog in a nursing home. The personal knowledge for this book comes from advanced dog obedience classes and from her work as a volunteer with Boykin Spaniel Rescue.
As co-publisher of the Point Reyes Light, in1979 Mitchell shared in a Pulitzer Prize for an investigative series on the cult Synanon. "Light on Synanon" tells the story of that investigation. Mitchell taught journalism for 30 years, first at Santa Rose Junior College and then at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. As a professor, she published a newswriting textbook "The News Formula" and a scholarly work "Margaret Fuller's New York Journalism."
Mitchell graduated from Winter Park High School in Winter Park FL. She attended Goucher College and graduated from Florida State University. She holds a masters from Stanford University and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee.