Shelley Emling

Shelley Emling has been a journalist for 20 years. She was born in Missouri. Later she grew up in Dallas, Texas. She went to the University of Texas and started her journalism career at UPI.

Personal lifeEdit

Shelley met her husband, Scott Norvell in Texas while working at a newspaper, The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. They married in Antigua, Guatemala in 1991 and honeymooned in Colombia. She has three children.

Education and careerEdit

She was previously a foreign correspondent for Cox Newspapers, covering Latin America and then Europe for many years, and her work also has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, USA Today, and the International Herald Tribune. Previously she also was an editor for AOL’s Patch, and lives with her family in Montclair, New Jersey. She has lived in Missouri, Texas, New Orleans, Miami, Guatemala, Atlanta, London, and New York. Previously she also was the senior editor of Huff/Post50, The Huffington Post site for those 50 and older. Currently she is a senior digital editor at AARP as well as the editor-in-chief of The Girlfriend and Disrupt Aging newsletters. She also oversees editorial on AARP's Instagram.

Published worksEdit

Shelley is the author of several books, includingYour Guide to Retiring in Mexico and The Fossil Hunter, published by Macmillan in 2009 about paleontologist Mary Anning, whom Shelley had learned of while on a holiday in England.[1] The Fossil Hunter was criticised by the New York Times for having moved away from the central narrative too often, but the reviewer nevertheless noted the ample footnotes, which put the subject's work "into the scientific and sociological context".[2] Nature, however, felt that Emling's "diligent" work was "more thorough and complete" than Tracy Chevalier's fictional account of Anning's life, Remarkable Creatures, which was released the same year – although the reviewer notes that the freedom of the fictionalised account proved to be more engaging.[3]

Shelley's book "Marie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science's First Family" was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

In spring 2016, she published Setting the World on Fire: The Brief, Astonishing Life of St. Catherine of Siena.

Her next book will be published on May 21, 2019: "A Forgotten Hero: Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish Humanitarian Who Rescued 30,000 People from the Nazis."


  1. ^ Kirbyson, Ron (January 30, 2010). "Female fossil hunter led to creation of paleontology". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved February 3, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Bouton, Katherine (February 1, 2010). "Tale of an Unsung Fossil Finder, in Fact and Fiction". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Rohn, Jennifer (October 29, 2009). "Forgotten treasure seeker". Nature. 461 (7268): 1211–1213. Bibcode:2009Natur.461.1211R. doi:10.1038/4611211a.

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