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"Searching for Italy" author Celeste Calvitto has worked for 43 years as a newspaper editor, reporter and freelance writer. She is currently the publisher/owner of The Beacon, a monthly newspaper in southeast Indiana, where she was named the 2011 Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year and a 2014 Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Woman of Distinction. She was born in Florida and grew up in Ohio and Maryland. A graduate of the University of Florida, Celeste has worked for newspapers in New York, Atlanta, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Dakota. She has been the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including an award for column writing from the New York Press Association and for a news series from the South Dakota Press Association. While residing in the suburban New York City town of Mount Kisco, where for many years she was executive editor of a group of weekly newspapers, she was named the 1998 Woman of the Year by the Italian-American Club of Northern Westchester; was a Knights of Columbus Civic Award winner; chairwoman of the 1992 Mount Kisco Columbus Quincentenary Committee and chairwoman of the Mayor's Committee on Community Relations. Her paternal grandparents were Italian immigrants who settled in Johnston, Rhode Island.

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