Author named recipient of BMHS honor

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Beloit Memorial High School will honor award-winning author Evelyn McDonnell as the newest Beloit Memorial High School Hall of Fame inductee on April 13.

The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in Barkin Arena at Beloit Memorial High School, 1225 Fourth St.

Evelyn McDonnell was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale. Her parents moved her and her brother, Brett, eastward to Beloit. Here she attended Morgan Elementary School and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1982, giving the Class of 1982 commencement speech.

She attended Brown University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1986 with a degree in American studies. While still in college, she began writing for Providence’s The Newspaper.

She has authored and coedited several books and has written for many major newspapers and magazines, interviewing such cultural figures as Hillary Clinton, Jay-Z, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain and Patti Smith. Evelyn is the author of three books: Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock ‘n’ Roll; Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson. She coedited the anthologies Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock; Pop and Rap and Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth. Da Capo will publish her most recent book, Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, in May 2013.

She has been the editorial director of www.MOLL.com , pop culture writer at The Miami Herald, senior editor at The Village Voice, and associate editor at SF Weekly. She codirected the conference Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York in 1998. She has also published and edited two ‘zines: Ok Go Now and Resister.

Evelyn has won several fellowships and awards, including a fellowship to the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater in 2009. Her 2004 Herald expose of hip-hop cops was awarded first place for enterprise reporting by the South Florida Black Journalists Association and second place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards. She also won a second-place 2005 Sunshine State Award for her criticism. In 1996, she won a Music Journalism Award for best feature in a national magazine.

In 2009, after being awarded an Annenberg Fellowship to study Specialized Journalism, the Arts, at the University of Southern California, Evelyn returned to academia. She earned her master’s from USC in 2010 and was selected for the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. In 2010, she began teaching journalism at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

She now lives in San Pedro with her husband, Bud, and son, Cole.

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