Shann is the co-author (with Peter Meyers) of As We Speak. She is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and a novelist, playwright and radio talk show host. She became the youngest female news-talk host in the U.S. during a 10-year run on KGO, the No. 1 station in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Shann went undercover posing as a high-school senior for a front-page series on education, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was later adapted into the movie Never Been Kissed starring Drew Barrymore. Shann’s columns and social commentaries have been reprinted widely in anthologies, and her novel, Wildcatting, went to No. 1 on the Italian best-seller list.