A freelance writer for more decades than her readers may have been alive, Ann graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College in literature and government and received her Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University. She has taught political science, writing and service learning at Temple University and directed a national award-winning civic education program for the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. In the 1990s, she received a Brighter Futures Award from the city of Philadelphia's Office of MH/MR for her work with adults in the region who have developmental disabilities.
Ann has always been deeply involved in her community, serving as a consumer representative on the Health Systems Agency from Montgomery County during the 1970s and 80s and an activist in educational affairs in Cheltenham Township schools.
Her interests are broad. Among her favorite publications have been her series on water quality management in Pennsylvania; impressions from China in the Key Reporter; a piece on Kids Around Town for Educational Leadership; a recent commentary about moving barriers for The Philadelphia Inquirer; and her column, "Rappoport's Rules of Disorder," that used to appear in The Trend and is now run as a blog by Montgomery News.
Her work has also appeared in Faces, NBC Universal's DigPhilly.com, Lehigh Valley Living, Teaching Tolerance, M.D. News, Milestones, MetroKids and several dozen other publications.
She's written about radon and handbags, race and religion, marathons and obituaries, medicine and music, gray hair and tattoos, and almost anything else worth considering.
Her first novel is seeking an agent.
Happily married for 40 years, Ann and hubby tremendously value time with their adult children and precious young grands, and with siblings and friends.