About Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and the author of the 2020 New York Times bestselling novel, The Daughters of Erietown. She is also Professional in Residence at her alma mater, Kent State University, in the school of journalism.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Schultz won the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for commentary and the National Headliner Award for commentary. She was also elected to the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame.

She was a 2003 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for her series "The Burden of Innocence," which chronicled the ordeal of Michael Green, who was imprisoned for 13 years for a rape he did not commit. The week after her series ran, the real rapist turned himself in after reading her stories. He is currently serving a five-year prison sentence. Her series won numerous honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting, the National Headliner Award's Best of Show and journalism awards from both Harvard College and Columbia University.

In 2004, Schultz won the Batten Medal, which honors "a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog."

In addition to her novel, Schultz is the author of two memoirs, Life Happens – And Other Unavoidable Truths (2006), and … And His Lovely Wife (2007).

Schultz is married to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. They have four children and eight grandchildren, and live with their rescue dogs, Franklin and Walter.


Here's to Motherhood, or Not May 06, 2021

Recently, a friend and I were talking about our younger parenting days when she said, "You know, you still talk about your single mother days, but that was years ago." She is right, but not really. I've been married for 17 years now, to a man who bec... Read More


Pelosi and Harris Made History. What's Next? Apr 29, 2021

There are many reasons to reflect on the historical significance of President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress. It was a great speech by a man who understands why he is in this role, in this time. He knows who we need him to be, and isn't ... Read More


This Whiteness of Being Apr 22, 2021

It's Wednesday morning. I sign into the eighth one-on-one student videoconference but immediately see that, on this call, with this cherished student, there's no oxygen for talking about the final, mundane details of spring semester. The young Black ... Read More


Get Thee Vaccinated, Evangelical Friends Apr 08, 2021

Sometimes, I wonder if I'm ever going to get over how some humans have behaved during this pandemic. First, the good news: As of this week, more than 65 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Millions more are well on... Read More