Ellen Currey-Wilson

Biography - About Me

Ellen Currey-Wilson grew up in Texas, where as a child she preferred going barefoot in the summer, especially during thunderstorms. Raised by a mother who was a radical political science professor, Ellen learned early on about the perils of taking a stand in order to create social change. She vividly remembers riding on the shoulders of an energetic college student during a protest against the escalation of the Vietnam War. When she was splattered with red paint, Ellen watched the police move in to restore order.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Ellen worked as a reporter before moving to Oregon, where she met her husband, Bob. Their son, Casey, became the subject of Ellen’s memoir, The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid, published by Algonquin in the United States and Fusion Press in the United Kingdom, and nominated for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

Ellen lives in Portland with Bob, and occasionally with Casey, who is now a sophomore at UC Berkeley. They enjoy hiking in the Columbia Gorge and the Cascades whenever they can (see Casey’s nature photography). Ellen has just finished her second book.

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