Kathleen Kinsolving

Kathleen Kinsolving.Local author Kathleen Kinsolving was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Dominion Resources through the Fairfax Library Foundation.

Kathleen Kinsolving is the author of Gadfly: The Life and Times of Les Kinsolving – White House Watchdog, a biography of her sometimes controversial father, a journalist, radio talk show host and member of the White House press corps for many years.

While in the California press corps, Les Kinsolving was among the first to report on the cult led by Jim Jones that ultimately resulted in the mass suicide in Guyana in 1978. In Washington, he was also among the first to ask about AIDs. “What’s AIDs?” asked Reagan’s press secretary Larry Speakes in response.

A wife and mother in Reston, Va., Kathleen Kinsolving teaches English and journalism at Centreville High School in Clifton. A descendant of reverends, bishops, actors, authors, poets and reporters, she co-wrote the movie treatment for the film about the Jonestown cult that her father’s reporting exposed.

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