Connie Cronley, Tulsa writer, has worked in newspaper, television, advertising, and public relations. She writes books and magazine articles, taught writing at a university and managed a ballet company.
She is the author of two books of essays, “Light and Variable” (University of Oklahoma Press), “Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off” (Hawk) and the co-author with Edward Perkins of the “Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace” (University of Oklahoma Press.) Her column “The Last Word” appears in “Tulsa People” magazine.
She has won numerous awards for print and television writing, but she says the highest honor was having an Oklahoma City restaurant name a hamburger in her honor when she was restaurant critic for The Tulsa Tribune. She wrote the weekly column "Eating Out."
For 15 years she was general manager of Tulsa Ballet Theatre. As a publicist, writer and public relations consultant, her clients have included the Kirov Ballet, Kirov Academy and the Kauffman Foundation. At the University of Tulsa, she headed continuing education for Arts and Sciences and taught writing in the School of Journalism. Most of her freelance magazine articles have been about history.
She was born in Nowata, Oklahoma, was graduated from Coffeyville Community College and holds a master's degree in communication from the University of Tulsa. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.