Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune, where she began working as regional reporter in 1981.
An award-winning writer, she's addressed topics such as immigration, Alzheimer's disease and domestic abuse. She's written feature and news articles about churches of various denominations.
Her light-hearted articles have included accounts of animals and a host of interesting people. During interviews, she's fed cookies to a bear, taken a ride in a World War II training plane (and she's afraid of heights) and shouted questions at country singer Garth Brooks during a press conference. (He answered three of her questions.)
She's interviewed pastors and politians, artists and writers and even an astronaut.
In March 2008, she began writing a weekly Christ-centered column called "Spiritual Spinach."
Her first book, "Real Spiritual Spinach - Faith for the Journey" is a compilation of 59 of those columns. In "Real Spiritual Spinach," she dishes up encouraging, faith-boosting stories that show readers how the Bible applies to people today - providing comfort, guidance and Godly wisdom. Newspaper readers have grown to love her weekly faith-based columns, designed to be powerful, poignant and practical.