Verna Gates has worked for the world’s top news organizations, Reuters International News, TIME Magazine and CNN. She has been awarded a lifetime achievement aweard from the National Federation of Press Women. Her career began as one of the original 50 employees of CNN who worked to launch the network. She worked for CNN as a writer/producer for four years. A freelance journalist, she writes for a number of national, regional and state publications. Many national and international writing awards hang on her office walls.