Betty Birney | Dean's Office Advisory Board | Webster University

Advisory Board: Betty Birney

Ann Walsh BradleyBetty Birney is an award-winning children’s author and TV writer. She wrote her first “book” at the age of seven, and with encouragement from her family, she kept writing, eventually turning a childhood passion into a successful life-long career.

Betty graduated from the Affton School District and went on to attend Webster College (now Webster University), earning a degree in English. She moved to Southern California, working at Disneyland in the advertising department and eventually writing and producing television and radio commercials and theatrical trailers at Disney Studio in Burbank.

Betty is the recipient of a Writer’s Guild of America Award and three Humanitas Prizes, as well as a Daytime Emmy Award and a Christopher Award. Her most well-known works are the Humphrey series of children’s books, the Madeline children’s TV series, and the made-for-tv family movie Mary Christmas.


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