A Los Angeles native, Margaret earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. In 1989 she was hired at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and worked there as a reporter, editor and columnist until 2013. She is the 2008 winner of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Community Service Award. She is a strong believer in the power of mentoring. In 2000, Margaret was recognized as National Big Sister by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for her work with two Cleveland girls. After a long career as a newspaper writer, she accepted a job as the Director of Advocacy & Community Initiatives at WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland.
Just one year after she entered the TV business, she won an Emmy for Community Service for her #WeReadHere literacy campaign. Margaret’s credentials in the area of writing inspiring nonfiction cannot be rivaled. Her books, which focus on reducing fatherlessness and strengthening families, are tools that readers are using to improve our world. Since 2015 Margaret has served on the board of Little Free Library, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that is sparking enthusiasm for reading globally.
She is married to Shaker Heights Chief Prosecutor C. Randolph Keller and they are parents of two children, Randy and Alexandria. Margaret says her husband served as the model for the caring father she depicts in All In a Dad’s Day. He's a hero of a father who once saved their daughter from a dangerous riptide! Yet he rarely saw his own father after the age of 5. His story is proof that the destructive cycle of fatherlessness can be broken.
Margaret has completed a second storybook for fathers, titled Donuts With Dad. It will be published in 2018. Her next project is a memoir about the life of anti-violence activist Yvonne Pointer of Cleveland.