Caren Zucker

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Caren Zucker is an award-winning veteran television news producer who has worked most extensively with ABC News. In addition to her experience in breaking news and live broadcast, she produced and co-wrote a six-part series on autism for PBS in 2011. In 2010, Zucker and ABC News Correspondent John Donvan co-wrote a piece for Atlantic magazine, “Autism’s First Child”, which was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. The duo most recently won an Emmy award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the story “A Different Kind of Boyhood,” which aired on Nightline. In a Different Key: The Story of Autism (Crown) Zucker and Donvan tell the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism—by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different.