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NPR commentator Beth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher, journalist and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
She also happens to be blind.
Her children's book about Seeing Eye dogs -- "Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound"- is featured on the Martha Speaks ReadAloud Book club on PBS and won an ASPCA Henry Berg Award for children's literature. Beth's memoir, "Long Time, No See" was published by University of Illinois Press in 2003 and is required reading in disability studies programs at universities across the country. A story she wrote about animal intelligence was published in "Lend Me a Paw" by National Geographic School Publishing in 2012.
Beth's essays air on the Morning Edition segment of National Public Radio, and her piece about the World Champion White Sox on Chicago Public Radio won awards in journalism excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association. These awards gave Beth some pretty nichey notoriety: she's the only blind woman in America to be honored for sports broadcasting.
Beth's work has appeared in Woman's Day, the Chicago Tribune, Dog Fancy, The Bark and countless other publications.
Beth works part-time moderating a blog for Easter Seals Headquarters and teaches memoir-writing courses for senior citizens at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Lincoln Park Village. She is married to Mike Knezovich. They have one son, Gus, and live in Chicago with Beth's fourth Seeing Eye dog, a Labrador/Golden Retriever cross named Whitney.
Beth's experience and candor have made her a popular speaker at conferences and events across the country. Her heartfelt, funny, and thoughtful talks leave audiences smiling and knowing a lot more about adaptability and resourcefulness.