Theresa Walsh Giarrusso is the mother of three children. Her daughter, Rose, was born in April 2001, her son, Walsh, joined them in May 2003, and their third child, a girl, Lilina came in March 2007.
Theresa is a fourth-generation Georgian, who grew up in Gwinnett County. She graduated from Parkview High School and attended the University of Georgia. She met her husband, Michael, while working at the campus newspaper, The Red and Black. For a brief time Michael was her boss at the paper. It didn’t go well and ended with a dictionary (unabridged) being thrown at his head.
Still, they married in 1994 when Theresa graduated from college. For four years they were journalism gypsies, living first in rural State College, Pa., and then in Manhattan.
Much to her parents’ delight, the couple returned to Atlanta in 1998. Michael continued his career with The Associated Press, and Theresa joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. During her three-year stint, she was the News for Kids editor and also edited the Saturday Living section. “I loved explaining current events to the kids and why they should care about what’s happening in their world. I also loved visiting schools all around the city.”
Theresa left the newspaper in 2001 but continues to freelance write and edit for the AJC from her kitchen table.
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