Kathy Cunning Shearer

Degree and Year: 
BA 1969
Professional Title: 
Author/Publisher
Employer: 
Clinch Mountain Press

Professional Background: 
I worked for many years in community development in Appalachia. This gave me the opportunity to collect oral and pictorial histories in the Virginia coalfields, which I then used to create local history books.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
The many, many papers I wrote for various classes gave me the tools I needed to perform the necessary background research for my books, as well as helping me organize my writing.