Barbara Kukla has written seven books about the people of Newark including the latest, Newark Women: From Suffragettes to the Statehouse.
Before her retirment from newspaper writing in 2004, Kukla spent 43 years as a journalist, most of the that at The Star-Ledger, where she first served as a general assingment reporter and Sunday city editor.
Many of her books have been focused on the jazz scene in Newark.
Kukla holds a B.A. degree in English from Bloomfield College, an M.A. degree in sociology from Rutgers University and an honorary A.A degree in humanities from Essex County College.
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