Lora-Marie Bernard is a Texas author who writes non-fiction stories about the state’s resources and historical figures.
When she was a child, her father moved the family from her birthplace in Pennsylvania to Texas. They settled in Burleson near Fort Worth.
Her father told her Texas was going to be one of the most prosperous states in the nation for the rest of her life. She believed him. Educated and indoctrinated into the “Texas state of mind,” she took the state’s history for granted as a girl.
As an adult, she worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper that heralded itself as “Where the West Begins.” From there she moved to Houston/Galveston where she lived on the island.
It was along the state’s coastal prairies that she became an award-winning crime, public affairs, and investigative journalist. In the birthplace of Texas, she developed a desire to tell historical stories through a modern lens.
As a journalist, she’s earned several Associated Press Managing Editors awards for public affairs coverage and investigations. Her social reporting earned her the Robert F. Kennedy Award early in her career.
She graduated from the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas and has almost completed graduate studies at Harvard University.
Her schedule calls for her to graduate in May 2018 with a Master of Liberal Arts, extension studies. She will receive a concentration in multimedia journalism with a graduate certificate in museum studies.
Today, she is the president of Berloma.com, a media outreach firm that specializes in turning traditional storytelling on its head through cutting-edge technology.
She lives in the NASA community of Clear Lake City in Houston.