With the exception of four years off to care for children, I have been a full time journalist since graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1959. While I have worn many hats–from investigative reporter to business writer–I also spent formative years writing on the women’s movement. Since 1991, I have written on the aging of America.
I have called myself a multi-media personality – a newspaper writer, national columnist, book author, television host, professional speaker and founder of WomanSage, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and educating midlife women.
Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, I have been honored for Excellence in Aging Reporting with the Hugh Downs Award of the International Longevity Center; The American Society of Aging Media Award; the American Medical Writers Association Rose Kushner Award; the American Heart Association C. Everett Koop Award; the Alzheimer’s Association Rosemary Award and many others.
My research on women at midlife has led to coverage by TIME magazine, as well as by the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and other publications. I was a featured writer in the TIME magazine report on women at midlife. I have appeared on the Today Show and have been a featured speaker at the Texas Governor’s Conference for Women, the Massachusetts Governor’s Conference for Women, and the Xerox Women’s Alliance. Los Angeles CBS-TV commentator Stacey Butler featured Haas and WomanSage in a two-part series on the Channel 2 evening news.
I am a speaker at a variety of local and national events, including panelist at the International Longevity Center in New York; featured speaker for AARP conventions and a regular presenter at the American Society on Aging.
I am most proud of the e-mails I receive weekly from women readers nationwide, however. They almost universally echo this sentiment:
Hi Ms. Haas, I have been following your column for many years – it is well written, well researched, and generally a great resource! I recall reading in the Register (I think it was your column, but it may have been a feature article) about people who provide a health management service to seniors. I would like to hire someone like that for my mom at this point, but I have no idea how to find one that is capable and reputable – do you happen to have a reference to the article or feature? I can’t seem to find it in the archives.
Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much for any resources you can provide!