crime reporter, mystery writer
Birthplace: Paterson, N.J.
Buchanan attended Montclair State Teachers College and then moved to Florida where she got a job at a small newspaper. Buchanan became a reporter for the Miami Beach Daily Sun in the late 1960s. In 1970, she was hired as a general assignment and police-beat reporter at the Miami Herald. In 1973 Buchanan became a police beat reporter, which coincided with the rise of Miami as a center of the international drug trade. Winning a Pulitzer Prize, Buchanan became one of the best-known crime reporters in the U.S. She discussed some of her assignments in the books, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1991) and Never Let Them See You Cry (1993). Buchanan has retired from journalism and writes mystery novels.