Now a freelance journalist in Washington, Fran has been a reporter or editor for four decades, working at the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. Stories she covered included the Symbionese Liberation Army and Patty Hearst’s kidnapping and arrest, the rise of the Black Panthers, the mass suicides in Jonestown, MOVE, the first Gulf War, the collapse of the Berlin Wall and then the Soviet Union, the Sept. 11 attacks, and the rise and fall of Jim McGreevey, the former governor of New Jersey. At the Inquirer she served as city editor, national editor, foreign editor and metro editor; at the Star-Ledger she was managing editor for eight years and editor of the editorial page for four years.
Walt Whitman High School: March 22, 2010
Walt Whitman High School: Nov. 8, 2010
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School: February 16, 2011.
Walt Whitman High School: April 18, 2012
Walt Whitman High School: Dec. 11, 2012