Yvonne Daley, journalist, book author, and educator, will deliver the commencement address to the CSJ Class of 2019. The commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 18 at 1 p.m. in the Athletic Center.
Daley is the author of more than 5000 news, feature and magazine stories that have appeared in Time, Life, People, the Boston Globe, the San Jose Mercury News, the Rutland Herald and dozens of other publications. Her awards have included Vermont Reporter of the Year, the New England News Editors’ Master Reporter Award and the John S. Knight Fellowship in Journalism at Stanford University. Daley is the founder and director of the Green Mountain Writer Conference and founder and publisher of Verdant Books, a writers’ collaborative.
Daley has authored several books, including her most recent, “Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont,” published by University Press of New England (UPNE). UPNE also published Daley’s anthology “Vermont Writers: A State of Mind.”
Daley’s publishing venture, Verdant, published two of her books; “The Bend in the Road: The Lenny Burke Story,” chronicling the life-changing brain injury sustained by a young Vermont athlete and scholar, his near-death experience and eventual recovery, and the lessons learned about the brain’s ability to heal; and “Octavia Boulevard,” a neighborhood memoir that explores the clash between progressive politics and capitalism, the legacy of the counterculture, and the idiosyncrasies, both good and bad, of San Francisco. The Rutland Herald and Northshire Books published her “A Mighty Storm: Stories of Resilience After Irene,” an account of how Vermonters rebuilt their state after Tropical Storm Irene while Simon and Schuster published Jim Jeffords’ autobiography, “An Independent Mind: Adventures of a Public Servant,” which Daley coauthored with Jeffords and Howard Coffin.
Daley’s writing concentrates on issues at the heart of what it is to be living on this beautiful planet: the environment, creativity, human rights, community, war and peace, resilience and healing. These subjects are always in context with the human story as Daley employs real people’s stories to illustrate the larger topics she explores in her writing.
For 17 years, Daley divided her time between Vermont and San Francisco, teaching journalism at San Francisco State University while occasionally teaching locally, including at the College of St Joseph. She also has an alumni connection to CSJ. Her daughter Shanti McKenna received her Masters in Education degree from CSJ.
Daley has recently returned to her old love of writing poetry and has published poetry on the online magazine Poets Reading the News and other literary publications.