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					Linda Villarosa is a freelance writer, an Essence Magazine editor-at-large and
contributing writer to the New York Times. Formerly, she edited the health pages for the
Times, where she redesigned and expanded health coverage for Science Times and for the
newspaper at large. Linda was also the executive editor of Essence Magazine, where she
wrote or edited a number of award-winning articles.

Twenty years ago, Linda wrote what may be the first article to cover the topic of AIDS in
an African-American publication when she wrote about women and children battling the
disease for Essence. This year, two of her articles on African-Americans and HIV/AIDS
appeared on the front page of the NY Times.

In 1981, with her mother, Clara, Linda wrote Essence’s ground-breaking article,
“Coming Out,” which received more mail than any other in the magazine’s history. Due
to the overwhelming response, the two women followed up with an additional story
several months later.

Linda is the author of Body & Soul: The Black Women’s Guide to Physical Health and
Emotional Well-Being. A Blackboard Bestseller, there are more than 200,000 copies in
print. She is the coauthor of both Finding Our Way: The Teen Girls’ Survival Guide and
The Black Parenting Book.

As a lecturer, Linda has spoken to groups from Harvard, Wellesley, Dartmouth, Indiana
University, the University of California at Davis and Swarthmore, to name several. She
has also provided testimony to the U.S. Congress and the National Institutes of Health
and offered workshops for the Radcliffe Publishing Course, the American Society of
Magazine Editors, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Press Association.
This year she traveled to the International AIDS Conference in Bangkok to help train
journalists from around the world to cover HIV.

A graduate of the University of Colorado, Linda also spent a year at the Harvard School
of Public Health as a journalism fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her two
children and her partner, Jana.
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