Iris is an Assistant Professor Emerita at American University, where she has taught journalism and writing courses for the past thirty years. Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. she received her undergraduate degree in photojournalism from Stanford University and her master’s in Liberal Studies with a Public Policy emphasis from Georgetown University.
Iris began her journalism career writing for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine then became the fashion writer for the Dallas Times Herald. Next came a move to Washington, D.C. in the position of national feature writer for United Press International. In her several years at UPI, she specialized in celebrity profiles, including Yoko Ono, Billy Graham, Ted Kennedy, Normal Mailer, Ginger Rogers. Mr. Rogers, Germaine Greer and Queen Noor of Jordan.
Iris is the author of Surrendering to Motherhood, the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, Surrendering to Yourself, (all three published by Miramax Books); I Am My Mother’s Daughter (Basic Books); The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes To Stay Married and Sex After…Women Share How Intimacy Changes As Life Changes (Random House). Her latest book was released in April 2020, Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons on Friendship Courage and Loyalty. (Grand Central/Hachette). More on her work is on her website.
Iris’ work has been featured in many national publications, including Parade, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post and AARP online sites. She has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs, among them Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, All Things Considered, and several times on CNN.
Iris is the wife of an architect and the mother of four grown sons. Their home is Annapolis, Maryland.