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Kelley French

The Media School

Expert Bio

Kelley Benham French is the author, with her husband, of “Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon.” The book, published in 2016 by Little, Brown, tells the story of her daughter, born barely viable at 23 weeks gestation. She was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for a newspaper series on the same subject, exploring the science and ethics of saving babies born so soon. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she teaches writing and reporting at all levels, as well as narrative journalism and news editing.

Areas of Expertise

Narrative storytelling, newspaper journalism, parent perspective on extreme prematurity, babies born at the border of viability, the role of language in conversations between doctors and patients.

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