Betsy Powell Mullen is a freelance writer who spent more than 14 years in daily newspaper journalism as a beat reporter, feature writer and general-assignment specialist. This will be her second semester at the University of Richmond.
Mullen is a native of Newport News, Va., where she honed her interest in athletics and nature around the rivers, creeks and ponds that dot the Tidewater region. The writing bug bit her in middle school and she has yet to find a cure.
Mullen graduated from the College of William and Mary, where she maintained a dual major in government and English. She began her journalism career in the lifestyles department of the Newport News Daily Press while at William and Mary.
She earned a master's degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch while in graduate school. She handled general assignments, police reporting and spot features. After graduating from VCU, Mullen did freelance sports and feature writing before being hired by The Richmond News Leader.
At The News Leader, Mullen worked in general assignments and features before specializing in education. When The News Leader merged with the Times-Dispatch, Mullen helped pilot a job-share program, specializing in consumer issues for the paper's Home section.
Since leaving the newspaper, Mullen has been engaged in freelance writing and public relations work in addition to spending a considerable amount of time in elementary school classrooms and soccer and baseball fields throughout Henrico County.
Mullen lives in Glen Allen with her husband, Tom, and four children. She is active at St. Michael's Catholic Church and enjoys reading, writing, photography, a variety of sports, anything outdoors and managing a sometimes chaotic ensemble of family needs. (Posted June 6, 2002.)
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