About Jan Pottker

Jan Pottker, writer and public speaker, is the author of eight books. She and her work have been profiled on a number of national television shows, including CBS's 60 Minutes, NBC's Inside Edition, ABC's Working Woman, and CNBC and CNN. She has lectured for the Smithsonian Institution, for the Frankliln D. Roosevelt Library, and for Washington D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art. She has been a frequent lecturer for a major cruise line and for the Elderhostel program, and has spoken to more than 80 business, professional and social groups, receiving rave reviews. She also conducts unique Celebrity Georgetown Walking Tours in Washington, D.C. Pottker has seen her books widely reviewed by such magazine and newspapers as People, The New York Times, Fortune and USA Today.

Pottker's current book is Sara and Eleanor: The Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Mother-in-law, Sara Delano Roosevelt (St. Martin's Press, March 2004). Sara and Eleanor was selected by the Book of the Month Club as its Featured Alternate choice. This dual biography is the first in-depth look at the relationship between America's most admired First Lady and her strong mother-in-law. Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves, the granddaughter of Eleanor and FDR says, "Fills a long-standing void in the Roosevelt story and adds tremendously to our understanding of Roosevelt personal history." Lillian Vernon says that it is "a compelling and engaging biography of two independent women whose story is an inspiration to all."

Her last book was Janet and Jackie: The Story of a Mother and Her Daughter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis(St. Martin's Press, 2001). This book details the relationship between a mother and the daughter who became the nation's leading female icon. USA Today calls Janet and Jackie "a toothsome delight," The New York Times says it "may provide the best window of all on the essential character of Jacqueline Kennedy."

Pottker's prior books include Celebrity Washington: Who They Are, Where They Live and Why They're Famous. The publication of Celebrity Washington was a newswire story, running in such papers as The Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Palm Beach Post and Dallas Morning News. USA Today calls it "a capital guide to finding celebrities." Pottker's Crisis In Candyland: Melting the Chocolate Shell of the Mars Family Empire was named one of the year's Top Biz Books by MBA Style magazine. It was serialized by The Moscow Times and was published in both Russia and Czechoslovakia. Pottker has also co-authored Dear Ann, Dear Abby: An Unauthorized Biography of Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, which was serialized by the New York Times Syndicate, The National Enquirer and Reader's Digest.

Jan Pottker was named Alumna Emeritus by the University of Maryland in 2002 when she was awarded its College of Education's Inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year award. Pottker holds a Ph.D. in sociology and education from Columbia University, an M.Ph. from Columbia, an M.A. from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from American University. Her first two books were published by academic presses. She was born in Lake Forest, Illinois and has lived for the past twenty years in Potomac, Maryland with her husband, Andrew S. Fishel, who is Managing Director of the Federal Communications Commission. She is a member of the development committee for the College of Education at the University of Maryland, and serves as president of the Friends of the Library, Washingtoniana Division, Martin Luther King Library (Washington, D.C.) following eight years on Montgomery County (Maryland) Library's Friends board. She and her husband have two daughters.

Read an article on Jan from the December 2002/January 2003 issue of élan magazine.