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Betty DeRamus
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Betty DeRamus, a Detroit News columnist and former Detroit Free Press editorial writer, received a Distinguished Journalism Citation from the Scripps Howard Foundation in 1980; first prize for education reporting from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in 1980; first prize for commentary from the Overseas Press Club of America in 1980, the Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1983; and the Eugene Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writers in 1986. Betty DeRamus was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in commentary for columns about the Los Angeles riots and was among the handful of print journalists who watched Nelson Mandela walk out of prison in 1990. Betty DeRamus is the author of two non-fiction books, "Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad" and "Freedom by Any Means". A short story writer, world-traveler and pianist, she lives in Detroit, her hometown. For more information e-mail betty.deramus@aol.com.