Sheila Terman Cohen is a journalist and author who has written three Badger Biographies for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press: Mai Ya’s Long Journey, Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth and Sterling North and the Story of Rascal. Her books have received recognition from the Council of Wisconsin Writers, the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, and the national book award group Next Generation. As a freelance writer, Cohen has also written articles that have been published in a variety of newspapers, including the Wisconsin State Journal, the Capital Times, La Comunidad and Isthmus. Before studying journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Cohen taught English as a Second Language in the Madison schools
Jews living in prosperous small-town communities in the mid-20th century saw large population declines over several decades as the next generation favored the opportunities that larger cities presented.