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Debra McKinney

Where: Palmer
Genre(s): literary nonfiction, journalism, and essays
Job(s): freelance writer

Email: debmckinney.ak (at)

Favorite Places in Alaska: Wherever roads don't go.

Bio: Debra McKinney is co-author of Beyond the Bear, the story of how Dan Bigley put his life back together after being blinded by a bear. Before the book project, Debra was a long-time writer at the Anchorage Daily News. She won the Pacific Northwest's C.B. Blethen Memorial Award for distinguished feature writing in 1994, and that same year, the national $10,000 Dart Award for coverage of victims of violence. She was part of a team of reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for the Anchorage Daily News. She and her husband, Paul Morley, live on Lazy Mountain near Palmer.


  • Beyond the Bear (nonfiction), Globe Pequot/Lyons Press, 2013

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Listing last updated: June, 2014

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