Sally Bedell Smith

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Sally Bedell Smith
Born Sally Rowbotham
Residence Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Other names Sally Bedell
Education B.A. Wheaton College
M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Occupation writer
Employer Vanity Fair (contributing editor)
Notable work Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (January 2012)
Board member of
Spouse(s) Stephen G. Smith
Children three
Awards 1982 Sigma Delta Chi Award for magazine reporting, Society of Professional Journalists
1986 fellow, Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, the 2012 Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, an award presented by the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York, the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for best book in history and biography [Elizabeth the Queen], the only major book award decided by readers.
Sally Bedell Smith: Bestselling Biographies on The Clintons, The Kennedys, Princess Diana, Pamela Harriman and William S. Paley

Sally Bedell Smith (born 1948) is an American historian and best selling author specializing in biographies of American political, cultural, and business leaders as well as members of the British Royal Family. She is married to Stephen G. Smith, formerly editor of U.S. News & World Report, now editor of The Washington Examiner.


Sally Bedell Smith spent her early career working at Time magazine, TV Guide, and The New York Times. She won the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award in 1982, and became a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in 1986. In 1996, Smith joined Vanity Fair as contributing editor, where she remains as of March 2013.

She graduated from Radnor High School in 1966, and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in November 2008.[4] She received her B.A. from Wheaton College and her M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism [winner of the Robert Sherwood memorial Travel-Study Scholarship and the Women's Press Club of New York Award].


  1. ^ "Sally Bedell Smith". Contemporary Authors Online (FEE, VIA FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY). Detroit: Gale. 2007. GALE|H1000113089. Retrieved 2012-01-17.  Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Smith, Sally Bedell (December 9, 1990). In All His Glory: The Life of William Paley. Interview with Brian Lamb. Booknotes. C-SPAN. Retrieved 2012-01-17. I went to Wheaton College in Massachusetts and then got my masters at Columbia Journalism School. 
  3. ^ "Society of the Four Arts". Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame / 2008 Hall of Fame Inductions". Wayne, PA: Radnor Township School District. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 


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