Something to Write Home About: Memories of a Presidential Diarist

Something to Write Home About: Memories of a Presidential Diarist

Janis Kearney

11.23.2008

Janis Kearney

Janis Kearney, author, journalist, and lecturer, was the Presidential Diarist to President Bill Clinton during his time in office. As an author, she has produced two books: “Something to Write Home About” and “Cotton Fields of Dreams” about being the daughter of a sharecropper in the Arkansas Delta. In 2001 she began a fellowship at Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute. Then, in 2003 she was awarded the PUSH for Excellence Award for outstanding contributions in communications.

Janis Kearney, the first presidential diarist appointed by a sitting U.S. president, discusses her new memoir “Something to Write Home About,” which chronicles her years in the White House and other chapters in her life, including her role as publisher of The Arkansas State Press newspaper, which was founded by civil rights legend Daisy Bates. The book is the sequel to Kearney’s “Cotton Fields of Dreams,” about growing up as a sharecropper’s daughter in the Arkansas Delta.