Sara Davidson, author of the best-selling novel, Cowboy, first captured
America's imagination with her international best seller, Loose Change,
about three women growing up in the Sixties. In her many articles, books,
TV shows and radio interviews, she's earned a reputation as a social
observer who does cutting edge pieces about the way we live.
Davidson grew up in California and went to Berkeley in the Sixties, where
the rite of passage was to "get stoned, get laid and get arrested."
While participating in the cultural revolution, she was also elected
to Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in English and writing for the Daily Cal.
After Berkeley she headed for New York to attend the Columbia Graduate
School of Journalism. Her first job was with the Boston Globe, where
she became a national correspondent, covering everything from the election
campaigns of Bobby Kennedy and Richard Nixon to the Woodstock Festival
and the student strike at Columbia.
Returning to New York, she worked as a free-lance journalist for
magazines ranging from Harpers, Esquire, The Atlantic and the New
York Times to Rolling Stone. She was one of the group who developed
the craft of literary journalism, combining the techniques of fiction
with rigorous reporting to bring real events and people to life.
Her work is collected in the textbook, The Literary Journalists,
by Norman Sims.
In 1975, Davidson moved back to California where for 25 years she alternated
between writing for television and writing books. The books tend
to fall in the gray zone between memoir and fiction. Davidson uses the
voice of the intimate journalist, drawing on material from her life
and that of others and shaping it into a narrative that reads like
In television, she created two drama series, "Jack
and Mike," and "Heart Beat," which ran on A.B.C. "Heart
Beat" was the first ensemble of women on television who had no
male boss above them, and featured the first lesbian character. She
was later co-executive producer of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,"
wrote hundreds of hours of drama episodes, movies and miniseries,
and in 1994 was nominated for a Golden Globe. (Read more about her radio and TV work)
She's been a guest on national television shows such as "The
Today Show," "Larry King Live" and "Sixty Minutes,"
and she conducts interviews and does commentary on public radio.
In the year 2000, her life began to unravel. She was divorced, her
children were leaving for college and she couldn't find work in television.
Following her intuition, knowing nobody, she drove to Boulder, Colorado
for three months to be a visiting writer at the University of Colorado.
She never drove back and replanted herself in Boulder, a transition she writes about in Leap!
Her current passions are: singing with friends, the "Shady Angels," learning piano,
skiing and hiking in the Rockies.