The daughter of a U.S. military officer, Sally Quinn was brought up by a Presbyterian mother and an Episcopalian father in non-denominational military chapels around the world. As an adult, her religious beliefs have evolved. First a Christian, she later became an atheist, and now is someone who is exploring the faith traditions of all cultures. She is currently working on a book about religion in Washington.
In the 1970s and ‘80s, Quinn was a reporter for The Washington Post’s Style section, producing irreverent and often controversial profiles of celebrities and politicians. Before long, she was one of the paper’s most celebrated writers. At age 32, she left The Post to become co-anchor for “CBS Morning News.” It was a frustrating and short-lived experience that she chronicled in her first book, We’re Going to Make You a Star.
Quinn returned to Washington and continues to write for The Post. She also has written three other books: Regrets Only, (1986) her first novel; Happy Endings (1991), its sequel, and The Party, (1997), in which Quinn offers an insider’s look at Washington entertaining and a personal view of the value of friendship.
Quinn is married to Benjamin Bradlee, retired executive editor of The Post who currently is vice-president at-large for the company. They live in Washington with their son, Quinn, who was born with a heart defect, which Quinn says has had a tremendous effect on her life. “It was the most important thing that ever happened to me…In the end maybe it will make me a better writer because I’ve become more empathetic and more sympathetic than I ever was before.”
Hal Straus on November 9, 2006 6:11 PM