Author and journalist Janis F. Kearney was the featured speaker at the Arkansas State Archives’ (ASA) 2018 Pen to Podium lecture series on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The topic was her 2014 memoir, “Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories on Varner Road,” which focuses on her late father, T.J. Kearney, and his experiences growing up in southeast Arkansas.Kearney is an author, publisher and presidential historian. She served under civil rights legend Daisy Bates as managing editor of the historic Arkansas State Press newspaper. In 1992, Kearney worked on the Clinton-Gore Campaign, and joined the Clinton Administration in 1993, where she served as a media specialist in the White House Media Affairs Office, director of public communications for the U.S. Small Business Administration, and for five years, served as the country’s first Personal Diarist to a President. In 2001, Kearney and her husband, Bob J. Nash, founded Writing our World Publishing in Chicago. In 2015, she established the Read.Write.Share Writers Group, an umbrella company serving new and emerging writers.
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