Born: July 21, 1957
Ohio connection: Birth
Connie Schultz was raised in Ashtabula by working class parents and received a journalism degree from Kent State University in 1979. In addition to her biweekly column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer/Creators Syndicate she has written two books (Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths and … And His Lovely Wife: A Campaign Memoir from the Woman beside the Man). She also writes a column called “Views” For Parade magazine and has, on occasion, written for The Huffington Post. On July 13, 2009, she made an appearance on the CBS TV Show, The Late Night Show with Craig Ferguson.
In May 2014, she was given an honorary doctor of letters from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. Most recently she has been in instructor of journalism at Kent State University. Connie Schultz is married to Ohio’s junior senator, Sherrod Brown, and has two children and two stepchildren.
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors Award for best short feature, best in Ohio recognition, 1998, for narrative series, “Losing Lisa”; National Headliner Awards Best of Show, Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting (domestic), journalism awards from Harvard and Columbia universities, and Pulitzer Prize finalist, all 2003, all for narrative series, “The Burden of Innocence”; James Batten Medal, Foundation for the Batten Medal, 2004, for journalistic work; Pulitzer Prize, Scripps-Howard Award, and National Headliners Award, all 2005, all for commentary; American Society of Newspaper Editors finalist for commentary; named best feature writer in Ohio, Associated Press Society of Ohio.