About The Mini Page
Creator and Editor at Large, Betty Debnam
Most kids have had Betty Debnam as a teacher. As creator and
editor of The Mini Page, Betty has taught the nation's children
and many adults for almost 35 years through this award-winning newspaper feature.
Debnam boasts both a newspaper
and educational background. Her
grandmother, grandfather and father
were newspaper editors. She holds
a master's degree in education from
Duke University and taught elementary
school for 12 years. She brings to
The Mini Page knowledge of what
kids, teachers and parents want in an
educational feature, and she brings to
newspapers an award-winning feature
that has a proven track record in
boosting readership and Newspaper
in Education NIE (NIE) circulation.
Each week since The Mini Page's inception, it has left its mark on students, educators and parents across the country as a fun and constructive way to learn. The Mini Page's stories are well researched and presented so that readers of more than 500 newspapers, representing all ages and reading levels, can enjoy it.
Debnam, a Raleigh native who now lives in Washington, D.C., has excellent sources throughout the country. She has interviewed people from all walks of life, from former First Lady Nancy Reagan to former Chief Justice Warren Burger, who approached her about writing a series on the U.S. Constitution.
Debnam has won numerous distinguished achievement awards. In 2005, she joined the likes of Billy Graham, Maya Angelou and David Brinkley by receiving the North Carolina Award, the highest award given by the state of North Carolina.
She was inducted into the 2001 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Hall of Fame, and has been presented with a Newspaper Association of America Lifetime Achievement Award and membership in the NIE Hall of Fame. Other recognitions include the American Chemical Society's James T. Grady – James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry to the Public, a Freedom Foundation Award, a Department of the Interior Public Service Award and many others. She also is a member of the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame. Most recently, Middle Level Learning, a publication of the National Council for the Social Studies, named her "one of the 10 most influential individuals in social studies education today."