Terri Laxton Brooks
Terri Laxton Brooks is a Wisconsin-born journalist, author and academic, whose upcoming narrative nonfiction book, Boomerang Baby, covers the tumultuous Boomer generation through the experience of one woman who struggles to change as the world changes around her. Pub Date: TBD
Her first two nonfiction books, published under the name Terri Schultz, were: BitterSweet--Surviving and Growing From Loneliness (HarperCollins, republished as a Penguin paperback Classic ); and Women Can Wait: The Pleasures Of Motherhood After Thirty. (Doubleday/Dolphin).
Her third book, published under the name Terri Brooks, was Words' Worth: Write Well And Prosper, (1st edition St. Martin's Press, 2nd edition, with Mary Quigley, Waveland Press).
While a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she was hired as a Metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune upon graduation. She was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism. Sex discrimination at the paper was rampant, however, and she later quit and filed state and federal complaints about inequity of promotion and assignments in the newsroom.
As a freelancer in Chicago and New York, Terri published dozens of articles for The New York Times, Harper's, Columbia Journalism Review, Ladies Home Journal , Cosmopolitan and others.
In the 1980s, she chaired the organizing committee for the National Writers' Union, as well as the PEN committee that created national standards for authors' access to information from book publishers.
She is founder, curator and editor of Witness To War, a web archive of untold stories from more than 100 eyewitnesses to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. She plans to publish in 2021, the 20th anniversary of the attack.
For nearly two decades, she served as journalism professor and then chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at NYU (now the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute), and then became dean of the College of Communications at Penn State (now the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications). She received a Fulbright to India to study the role of the press in a multilingual, multiethnic society, and later served from 2002-2006 on the Fulbright board.
Recently, she held, for six years, full-time positions as communications director in the capital campaign offices of two medical centers: NYU Langone Medical Center and subsequently Weill Cornell Medical Center, helping their teams raise a total of more than three billion dollars to build new translational research facilities and support scientists in their work.