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Ann Fromm

Ann Fromm

Freelance writer Ann McKenna Fromm has published in Pittsburgh Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-​Gazette, and most other local media. A former English instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, she did project work for Ketchum Communications, learned to fly an airplane, and became an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). She recently published Steel City Love Song, a collection of previously published true stories set in Pittsburgh. Last May, she married Jarvis Cotton and now lives with him in O’Hara Township.

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