Meet the Author
Terry Mutchler is an attorney and former award-winning journalist who was appointed as Pennsylvania’s first Executive Director of the Office of Open Records, ensuring government transparency. A writer for The Associated Press, she covered politics in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alaska, and Illinois, where she was the first woman appointed AP Statehouse Correspondent. She won several Keystone Awards, Pennsylvania’s top honor for reporting, and was the AP’s state nominee for Young Writer of the Year.
Mutchler clerked for the Supreme Court of Illinois and for the Executive Office of the President during the Clinton Administration. She was a Chicago trial lawyer at a major national law firm before returning to public service as a speechwriter and senior advisor for the Illinois Attorney General. Governor Ed Rendell appointed Mutchler to her current six-year post.
Mutchler received her BA from Pennsylvania State University and her JD from John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. She was a Bohnett Fellow for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Journalists invited free of charge
Widener University School of Law
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Harrisburg, PA 17110
Under This Beautiful Dome
Under This Beautiful Dome tells the true story of journalist Terry Mutchler’s secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois State Senator who mentored Barack Obama. Forced to engage in an elaborate ruse to keep their relationship a secret, the two women constantly fear discovery in their conservative town. Denied legal access to the altar, they face even greater hardships when Penny is diagnosed with cancer and begins undergoing treatment.
Set in the political arena, Under This Beautiful Dome reminds us why the march to legalize same-sex marriage is both personal and political. This vivid story paints an intimate portrait of a loving relationship and the vast impact gay marriage legislation has on couples and families in America today. Mutchler’s memoir is a must-read for those interested in politics, equality, and the changes sweeping the nation.