A native Northwesterner, Lee Sherman grew up in Seattle and Portland, graduating from Portland State University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Since earning her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 1980, she has worked as a reporter, feature writer, and editor for a variety of Oregon-based publications, including Times Publications (Washington County), the Portland Business Journal, Midway airline magazine (published by Skies America), and Northwest Education magazine (published by the NW Regional Educational Laboratory). Her work has taken her from the Virgin Islands, where she wrote about efforts to protect the nests of leatherback turtles on St. Croix, to the remote town of Bethel on Alaska’s Lower Kuskokwim River Delta, where she visited a school district devastated by a lethal shooting and wrote about the district’s efforts to teach peaceful conflict resolution. As a freelancer, she has contributed to Oregon Magazine, The Oregonian, and Northwest Magazine (The Oregonian Sunday magazine), among other publications. Over the years, she has won more than 20 awards for her writing from such organizations as the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the national Alliance of Area Business Publications. In 1996, Northwest Education magazine, which she co-edited for eight years, was named the best education magazine for an adult audience in the U.S. by the national Association of Educational Publishers (“EdPress”), based in Logan Township, New Jersey. Just before joining Oregon State University as a research writer, Lee co-authored a book with Betsy Ramsey on the science and politics of reading disability titled The Reading Glitch: How the Culture Wars Have Hijacked Reading Instruction (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2006).