Doris L. Rich has been a newspaper reporter, a Red Cross field assistant in Guam during World War II, a civilian public relations officer for the U.S. Army in Korea, a freelance journalist-photographer throughout Asia, and a teacher of English and civics in Bangladesh, Ghana, and Hong Kong, where she lived from 1948 to 1967.

She is a member of the Authors Guild and the Society of Woman Geographers and has just completed a history of the Moisants (to be published in the fall of 1998), a family of American fliers before World War I. Her latest book, Queen Bess, Daredevil Aviator focuses on the life of Bessie Coleman, the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license. Ms. Rich’s book, Amelia Earhart: A Biography was reviewed on the front page of the New York Times book review and listed as one of its “Notable Books of the Year.” Reissued in paperback last fall, it was also the basis of a Turner Network Television movie, Amelia Earhart: The Last Flight, starring Diane Keaton, Bruce Dern, and Rutger Hauer.

Photograph by Timothy C. Greenleaf, NGS