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Rena Pederson writes for the heart and mind. She engages readers with her vivid stories and inspires them to make meaningful change in their own lives and the world around them.


Rena Pederson is a nationally recognized journalist and author who captures the compelling issues of our time — from the struggle for democracy around the world to the struggle for meaning in today’s fast and fickle culture.

During her career, Rena has interviewed Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Julia Child, Jane Goodall, and American presidents from Carter to Clinton to Bush.

Rena has been interviewed herself on the Oprah Winfrey television show and profiled on PBS for a documentary on women in the news business. Texas Monthly once called her "one of the most powerful women in Texas."

Her award-winning work as an editorial page editor led to her selection as a member of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize board for nine years. She then served as a speechwriter at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.

Currently a contributor to The Huffington Post and public radio, some of Rena’s recent articles have focused on the threats posed by hackers to the U.S. economy and efforts to help women in the midst of turmoil in Egypt.

Her latest book tells the remarkable story of Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts to bring peace and democracy to Burma. THE BURMA SPRING: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of A Nation tells how this astonishingly brave woman stood up to a brutal military regime and changed the history of her country.