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Laura Sessions Stepp is a journalist specializing in the coverage of young people and sexuality for The Washington Post. She has written about children and families for more than 15 years and is a frequent public speaker around the country. Her work has appeared in such publications as Parent, Child, Working Mother, and Reader’s Digest. She served as a member of a panel on adolescence for the U.S. Surgeon General and sits on the board of advisors of the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families at the University of Maryland. From 1996-98 and 2002-2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Board on Children, Youth and Families, a program of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. She is married and has three grown children.