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Deborah White is a journalist and blogger with special interest in food, water, literacy, and environmental issues. She’s an avid supporter of public libraries, food banks, community-supported agriculture, and many social justice causes.

Deborah, the granddaughter of California Central Valley farmers, writes about food policy and activism at Fake Food Watch: Folly, Fun, Fraud in Modern Industrial Food.

For eight years ending November 2012, Deborah was editor, writer, and digital content manager for Liberal Politics at, which was part of the New York Times Co. She authored more than 2,100 articles and columns at, and was frequently linked to by Google News, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic Wire, Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Daily Beast, and hundreds of other leading sites and newspapers.

In 2011, 2009 and 2007, Deborah White was elected to two-year terms as Delegate to the California Democratic Party. Deborah occasionally appears on talk radio as guest commentator on politics and elections.

Deborah studied journalism and non-fiction writing as an undergraduate. She earned a B.A. in writing from UCLA’s film school, and an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach. She also earned a CPA in the state of California, and worked as CPA/consultant for 20 years, including almost a decade at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Los Angeles. Deborah has founded and managed several small businesses, including an online gourmet food retailer during the infancy of ecommerce websites.

The joy of her life is marriage to Ron. The pride of her life is their four adult children and two adorable young grandchildren. When not writing or researching, Deborah loves cooking, books, films, and seeking out used book stores and hidden culinary gems in her native Southern California. She can be found at Panera Bread and Starbucks far too often on weekdays, drinking coffee, reading, and chatting with friends.

The Crazy Woman is inspired by the iconic Apple mantra: “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Searching for Fay, Finding Myself, a Pilgrim, a Microbrewery – Part Two

Continued from Part One: Crazy Woman Blog Post on June 30, 2005 Armed with enough verified data to begin searching for living relatives of Fay, I penned my now-infamous June 30, 2005 blog post which began: “Her name was Fay … Continue reading

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Searching for Fay, Finding a Pilgrim and a Microbrewery – Part One

Many have asked about my search for the family roots of my maternal grandmother, by birth. (See Searching for Fay, Finding Myself.): 1. How did I conduct my search? 2. How long did it take to find info? 3. What … Continue reading

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Searching for Fay, Finding Myself

The woman pictured at right, in the middle, is my maternal grandmother who I never met. My mother was adopted, and this woman, Fay Williamson Bensfield, was her birth mother. I received this late 1930s photo via a warm email … Continue reading

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