Debra (Lo Guercio) DeAngelo is a columnist with McNaughton Newspapers, and editor of the Winters Express newspaper in Winters, California. A graduate of UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she has more than 20 years of experience as an editor, and is co-founder, co-editor and CEO for iPinion Syndicate. During her tenure as editor, the Winters Express has won First Place in General Excellence in the California Newspaper Publishers Associations’ Better Newspapers Contest in 2000, and Second and Third Place in General Excellence in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest as well.
Debra most recently won First Place in column writing in the NNA’s 2012 national competition. All together, she has five First Place awards from the NNA for column writing, one Second and two Thirds. On the state level, she has four First Place awards in column writing from the CNPA, and three Second Place awards. She was also the winner of the national column writing talent search for the Front Porch Syndicate in 2002 and was nationally syndicated in The Front Porch magazine for several years until the publication closed. Debra has been a judge in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest for 21 years, and served as an essay writing judge for the Yolo County Academic Decathlon competition for 10 years.
She serves as the iPinion writing coach and occasional talent scout, and takes particular joy in spotting raw talent in emails, blogs, letters and posts, and pointing budding writers to a new career and helping them find their writing voice. Besides columns, Debra is interested in screenwriting, and both fiction and non-fiction writing.
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