Maryanne Vollers is an author and journalist based in Livingston, Montana.

Her first book, Ghosts of Mississippi, about the murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was published by Little Brown in 1995.  It was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism in 1996.

In 2001, Ice Bound, a collaboration with Jerri Nielsen, the American doctor who battled breast cancer while stationed at the South Pole became a #1 New York Times bestseller.  She also contributed a chapter to Caroline Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage For Our Time (2002). 

Maryanne Vollers

In 2003 Maryanne collaborated on Living History, with Hillary Rodham Clinton.  For two years, Maryanne lived in Washington, DC, and worked closely with Senator Clinton and her staff to produce this definitive memoir, which was an international bestseller. 

Her next effort, Lone Wolf:  Eric Rudolph – Murder, Myth, and the Pursuit of an American Outlaw, was published by HarperCollins in November 2006.  It was described in The New York Times as “cool, gripping…a standout,” while the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Vollers’s pacing and narrative instincts are masterful.”

All That is Bitter and Sweet, a collaboration with the actor and activist Ashley Judd, was published by Ballantine/Random House in April 2011, and became a New York Times bestseller. Her most recent book, a memoir with the actor Sissy Spacek, was published by Hyperion Books in May 2012.

A former editor at Rolling Stone magazine, Maryanne has written for Time, Esquire, Mother Jones,  The New York Times Magazine and many others on a range of subjects including anti-abortion violence, Native American issues,  environmental racism, mountain-top removal in West Virginia, asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana, and the rise of right-wing militias.

She has lived in Nairobi, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa, where she worked as a writer, Time magazine stringer, radio newscaster, and field producer for NBC News, covering wars, politics, health and cultural issues across the continent and around the world. She reported on famine in Ethiopia from the mountains of Tigre, the scourge of civil war from the landmined fields of Mozambique, and the international heroin trade from the streets of Kathmandu.

Now based in Montana, she and her husband, documentary photographer, director, and producer William Campbell founded Homefire Productions to create news features and documentaries on political, social and environmental issues.  Their PBS documentary Wolves in Paradise, about the human costs and benefits of the reintroduction of wolves in the Yellowstone region, won a CINE Golden Eagle award.

With Bill, Maryanne has also produced and written several reports for NOW on PBS, including “Prisons for Profits,” an investigation of private corrections companies, and the hour-long documentary On Thin Ice, about the human costs of climate change in the Himalayas and the mountains of the American West.

Maryanne was born in Yorktown Heights, NY, the daughter of a New York City fire chief and a court clerk.  She attended Yorktown High School, and graduated with honors from Brown University in Providence, RI.

Maryanne with her dogs at the Yellowstone River

Maryanne with Jayda and Seamus in Paradise Valley, Montana