Category:Writers from Alexandria, Virginia
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The following 41 pages are in this category, out of 41 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 41 pages are in this category, out of 41 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Rich Hall – Richard Travis Rich Hall is an American comedian, writer, and musician, first coming to prominence as a sketch comedian in the 1980s. He wrote and performed for a range of American networks, in such as Fridays, Not Necessarily the News. He has created and starred in series for the BBC, including comedies with Mike Wilmot. Hall has also maintained a successful comedy career, as both Crenshaw and himself. Hall was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up in Mecklenburg County, early in his career, he performed as a street comedian with a suitcase and stand, traveling the college circuit, and performing impromptu skits for gathering crowds. He attended college at Western Carolina University, Halls first professional work was as a writer and performer on the original David Letterman Show, and the sketch comedy TV series Fridays from 1980 until 1982. Matt Groening has described him as the inspiration for Moe Szyslak from The Simpsons and he was also a regular on Saturday Night Live for the shows tenth season, becoming the only Fridays cast member to be an SNL cast member. In 1986, Hall had his own Showtime channel special, Vanishing America and he hosted a talk show during The Comedy Channels 1990–91 season, titled Rich Halls Onion World. In the United States, he has appeared several times on American talk shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, Hall was previously a writer and on-air contributor on The David Letterman Show, Lettermans morning show that aired on NBC in 1980. Hall made a special guest appearance as himself in the Cartoon Network talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, in 2011, Hall voiced an Idaho man in Sony Pictures Animations Arthur Christmas. Outside his homeland, Hall has also achieved popularity in the United Kingdom and he spends part of his time during the off-seasons writing plays in the United States, where he has a small ranch just outside Livingston, Montana. The rest of the time is spent in London, where he owns a flat and he has also appeared on the British stand-up comedy series Jack Dees Live at the Apollo. His appearances achieved some cult status due to his line of jokes on Live at the Apollo about Tom Cruise, in 2006, Hall also wrote and acted in the play Levelland at the Edinburgh Festival. He also appeared on the BBC Two programme Top Gear, where he managed to make a song about a Rover 25 car, much to the enjoyment of host Jeremy Clarkson. After the September 11 attacks, Hall was entrusted with the task of responding to the tragedy on the first subsequent edition of Have I Got News for You, Hall has written and presented six 90-minute documentaries about film genres, broadcast on BBC Four. Rich Halls You Can Go To Hell, Im Going To Texas, first broadcast 30 June 2013, which examines what it means to be a Texan, in 2007, he returned to the Fringe with his second play, Best Western, which he wrote and directed. His autumn 2009 tour included a performance at Londons Hammersmith Apollo, on 5 April 2010, Hall appeared as one of the stand-up acts on Channel 4s Comedy Gala, a benefit show organised by Channel 4 to raise money for Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. Hall is a regular performer on Channel 4s Stand Up for the Week
2. Denise Austin – Denise Austin is an American fitness instructor, author, columnist, and former member of the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Austin was born in San Pedro, California and she started gymnastics at the age of 12, which led to an athletic scholarship at the University of Arizona. Denise is the wife of sports agent and former tennis player Jeff Austin and they have been married since April 30,1983 and have two daughters, Kelly and Katie. Katie is a fitness instructor like her mother and has her own YouTube channel, the Austins reside in Alexandria, Virginia. Austin initially attended the University of Arizona on a gymnastics scholarship and she later transferred to California State University, Long Beach, graduating with a bachelors degree in physical education, and a minor in exercise physiology. Since then, she has been teaching classes, producing shows, creating exercise video tapes. Examples include Shrink Your Female Fat Zones, Pilates for Every Body, in 2002, she was named as a member of the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and began her second term in 2006. Austin is known for her emphasis on staying fit naturally, emphasizing that she herself exercises only about 30 minutes a day and she also prefers the use of sugar and butter over artificial sweeteners and margarine, though she does emphasize portion control, proper nutrient balance, and exercise. Austin encourages people to fit at all ages, and conducts research with experts in nutrition, to emphasize realistic, real-life solutions to weight control. Austin supports a program of exercise and proper diet. Her exercise programs often integrate a variety of methods including yoga, pilates, cross training, Austin had a long-running exercise television program Getting Fit with Denise Austin on ESPN2, reruns of which can currently be seen on ESPN Classic and Altitude Sports and Entertainment. The show moved to mornings on Lifetime Television where it was renamed Fit and Lite. Austin produced these shows each fall spending four months on location in resorts in the Caribbean, Lifetime canceled the shows in April 2008. Austin said she was developing a new TV show later that year and it was in the planning stages for 2010. According to The Washington Post, Austin was headed back to Lifetime in January 2011 and she is on the morning program The Balancing Act. Austin before had said on her website that she was getting a new show ready for debut in the fall of 2008, when she was interviewed by Erin Whitehead in 2009, it was reported her new show would be back on in the fall of that year. In April 2007 a Washington, D. C. Austin said that she was totally unaware and she also reportedly said, with a giggle, that she was worried about it. Official site Denise Austin at the Internet Movie Database Denise Austin Fan at Blogger
3. Claire Cook – Claire Cook is an American writer and public speaker. Cook taught school for sixteen years and she wrote her first novel when she was 45 years old. Her second novel, Must Love Dogs, was made into a motion picture starring Diane Lane. In 2014, she started her own publishing company, Marshbury Beach Books, Cook’s first non-fiction book, Never Too Late, Your Roadmap to Reinvention, shares her journey and tips for midlife women reinventing their lives. Her books have been translated into 14 languages, Cook graduated from Scituate High School. She was a Newhouse Scholar at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with a major in Film. She spent her year at Harvard University as a visiting student, where she studied fiction with Robert Stuart Fitzgerald. Cook was born in Alexandria, Virginia to Daniel Joseph Cook and her mother met her father when she taught his Business English class at Worcester Business College after they both finished serving in World War II. Cooks mother died suddenly of sepsis days before Cook’s eleventh birthday and her father worked for The Boston Globe, retiring several years before his death in 1992. Claire Cook is the second oldest, and oldest daughter, of eight siblings, Cook married Richard Jacobucci in 1978. Cook and her husband reside in Atlanta, Georgia
4. Hoda Kotb – Hoda Kotb is an American television news anchor and TV host known as the co-host of NBCs Today Shows fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. An Egyptian American, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010 as part of the Today Show team, Kotb is also a correspondent for Dateline NBC. Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma, and grew up in Morgantown and she lived in New Orleans, Louisiana throughout the 1990s. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria and she has a brother, Adel and a sister, Hala. Her mother, Sameha, works at the Library of Congress and she graduated from Fort Hunt High School in 1982. She was elected Homecoming Queen and selected to speak at her graduating class Baccalaureate service, in her college years at Virginia Tech, Kotb was a member of Delta Delta Delta Womens Sorority, Beta Nu Chapter. In 1986, Kotb graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism, Kotb was the keynote speaker at her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation, and in her speech, played Metallicas Enter Sandman over her iPod. In 2010, Kotb was elected to a term to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors. Kotb was an anchor and reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans, WWL-TV has been one of Louisianas top news stations for decades. Kotb appears on the hour of the Today Show, co-hosting with Kathie Lee Gifford. She has also been a correspondent for Dateline NBC since 1998, Kotb occasionally fills in as the co-anchor of Today for Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. Kotb wrote a New York Times Bestselling book, Hoda, How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, in 2010, Hoda Kotb won Daytime Emmy Award as part of the Today Show. She has also appeared in Martina McBrides music video for Im Gonna Love You Through It, in 2005, Kotb married former University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga. The marriage ended in two years later. In March 2007, Kotb underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer, Kotb allowed Today Show cameras to follow her throughout her cancer battle. After she was announced cancer-free, her story was documented on the show, in January 2015, Kotb said she has been in a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman for two years. On February 21,2017, Kotb announced on the Today Show that she had adopted a girl named Haley Joy Kotb. Volume 57, Number 2 Appearances on C-SPAN
5. Wanda Sykes – Wanda Sykes is an American comedian, writer, actress and voice artist. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, in 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is also known for her role as Barb Baran on CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine, Sykes was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and raised in the Washington, D. C. area. Her mother, Marion Louise, worked as a banker, and her father, Sykes attended Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland, and went on to graduate from Hampton University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. After college, her first job was as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency, Sykes family history was researched for an episode of the 2012 PBS genealogy program Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. She continued to hone her talents at local venues while at the NSA until 1992, working for the Hal Leonard publishing house, she edited a book entitled Polyrhythms – The Musicians Guide, by Peter Magadini. Her first big break came when opening for Chris Rock at Carolines Comedy Club, in 1997, she joined the writing team on The Chris Rock Show and also made many appearances on the show. The writing team was nominated for four Emmys, and in 1999, won for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, since that time, she has appeared in such films as Pootie Tang and on TV shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2003, she starred in her own short-lived Fox network sitcom, the same year, Sykes appeared in an hour-long Comedy Central special, Tongue Untied. That network also ranked her No.70 on its list of the 100 greatest all-time stand ups. She served as a correspondent for HBOs Inside the NFL, hosted Comedy Centrals popular show Premium Blend and she also had a short-lived show on Comedy Central called Wanda Does It. In addition to her film and television work, she is also an author and she wrote Yeah, I Said It, a book of humorous observations on various topics, published in September 2004. In 2006, she landed a role as Barb, opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, on the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. She also guest starred in the Will & Grace episode Buy, Buy Baby in 2006 and she provided voices for the 2006 films Over the Hedge, Barnyard, and Brother Bear 2. She had a part in My Super Ex-Girlfriend and after playing in Evan Almighty, had a bit part in License to Wed. Sykes first HBO Comedy Special, entitled Wanda Sykes, Sick & Tired, premiered on October 14,2006, in 2008, she performed as part of Cyndi Laupers True Colors Tour for LGBT rights. In October 2008, Wanda Sykes appeared in an ad for the Think Before You Speak Campaign. In the 30-second spot, she uses humor to scold a teenager for saying thats so gay when he means that is so bad
6. L. Brent Bozell III – Leo Brent Bozell III is an American conservative writer and activist who founded the Media Research Center, the Conservative Communications Center, and the Cybercast News Service. Bozell served as president of the Parents Television Council from 1995 to 2006, in addition, currently, Bozell serves on the board for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and has served on the board of directors in the American Conservative Union. Bozell headed NCPAC for a period after Dolans death in 1986. He resigned in 1987 to start the Media Research Center, in 1998 Bozell founded the Conservative Communications Center. The MRC also established CNSNews. com, the site of the Conservative News Service later becoming known as Cybercast News Service, on its website, MRC publishes Bozells syndicated columns, the CyberAlert daily newsletter documenting perceived media bias, and research reports on the news media. On his MSNBC news program Countdown With Keith Olbermann, Olbermann named Bozell the Worst Person in the World several times in 2006 and 2007, in response, Bozell posted a press release on the MRC site claiming that Countdown Preaches Hate Speech. The PTCs stated mission is to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry, in 2001, the PTC also organized a mass advertiser boycott of the professional wrestling television program WWF SmackDown. Tates attorney claimed that he had killed her when he botched a professional wrestling move. The World Wrestling Federation would ultimately sue Bozell and the PTC for libel, PTCs insurance carrier eventually chose to settle the case and pay $3.5 million to the WWE and PTC issued a public apology. During his tenure as PTC president, Bozell led many campaigns derived from the PTCs stated mission to restore its view of decency to the entertainment industry. PTC filed about 65,000 complaints, and Bozell was concerned that children were likely to have been watching the halftime show. In fact, excluding Super Bowl-related complaints, the vast majority of FCC complaints from 2003 to 2006 were found to have come from PTC, Bozell is the president and treasurer of a Virginia nonprofit corporation called America, Inc. operating as ForAmerica. As of Feb.3,2011, their website said ForAmerica is his latest venture. Bozell is currently on the board of advisers of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and he has also served on the board of directors for the American Conservative Union. After resigning as president of the Parents Television Council, he remains an adviser to that organization and his articles have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and National Review. He is a syndicated columnist with the Creators Syndicate, and he is a regular on television. Other web sites such as Townhall. com, Catholic Exchange, News, and others have published these columns. In his columns, Bozell has written about topics as media consolidation, indecency, media violence
7. Ann Brashares – Ann Brashares is an American writer of young adult fiction. She is best known as the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Brashares was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She attended elementary and high school at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, after studying philosophy at Barnard College, she worked as an editor for 17th Street Productions. 17th Street was acquired by Alloy Entertainment, and following the acquisition she worked briefly for Alloy, after leaving Alloy she wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which became an international best seller. It was followed three more titles in the Pants series, the last of which, Forever in Blue, was released in January 2007. The first book in the series was made into a film in 2005, Brashares first adult novel, The Last Summer was released in 2007. The first companion book to the Sisterhood series,3 Willows, The Sisterhood Grows, was published in 2009, a second novel for adults, My Name is Memory was published in 2010 and has been optioned for film. This was followed by a time travel novel, The Here and Now. She lives in New York City with her artist husband, Jacob Collins, and children Nathaniel, Samuel, Susannah, Brashares mainly writes for young adults
8. Mary Lou Forbes – Mary Lou Ludie Forbes was an American journalist and commentator. She spent six decades at the Washington Evening Star and The Washington Times, mary Lou Forbes née Werner was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised by her widowed mother. She graduated from George Washington High School and briefly attended the University of Maryland, College Park, Werner had applied for a position at the Washington Evening Star because it was located in Washington, D. C. along a bus route that ran to her home in Alexandria. She had seen an ad for an accounting position. She served as a mentor to such as Carl Bernstein. Werner covered the massive program of opposition to school integration that had been undertaken by U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd and followed by Governor of Virginia James Lindsay Almond, Werner observed that Ninety percent of my stuff would be dictated, right off the top of my head. Forbes died at age 83 on Saturday, June 27,2009 and she had been diagnosed with the disease only several weeks previously