From OpenwaterpediaSWIM: Why We Love the Water and has covered topics ranging from national politics, to the discovery of a 67-million-year-old dinosaur, to Susan B. Anthony to NASA Space Shuttle missions during her career.
After receiving a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1963, she became a freelance host at WNET-TV in New York, then staff. She worked for the Associated Press and WCBS-TV. In 1977, she was the guest host of the MacNeil–Lehrer Report while Robert MacNeil was absent, and has hosted a number of PBS specials. In 1983–85 she was a reporter/editor for Condé Nast.
- 1980 Emmy for her election coverage
- two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation Awards including one for her profile of Norway's Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, and her cabinet
- 1995 National Headliner Award for her report on a highly experimental open-womb surgery
- Exceptional Merit Media Award
- 1994 George Foster Peabody Award with producer Alan Goldberg for the "Hunger Inside" a 20/20 documentary about extreme anorexia
- 1994 Front Page Award for her piece on the dangers of tattooed cosmetics\
- 1995 Silver Screen Award for her segment about a young man who revealed to his family that he had AIDS
- Front Page Award for her piece illustrating how breast cancer victims are fighting for government research funds
- Excellence in Financial Journalism Award for her segment on Continental Can's secret plan to fire employees before they could collect their pensions
- Gold Award from the National Mental Health Association for a report on a controversial new drug for schizophrenia
- 1990 Matrix Award from the New York Women in Communications
- Exceptional Merit Media Award from the National Women's Political Caucus
- Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood for her abortion pill story
- Pinnacle Award from the American Women in Radio and Television for 'How Far Is Too Far?', a 20/20 segment on sexual harassment
- Front Page Award from the New York Newswomen's Club
- National Women's Political Caucus award
- Wellesley College's Alumnae Achievement Award for her distinguished career
- Citation of Merit, Teddy Award and an honorable mention from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her 20/20 segment titled 'Hole in the Sky,' a report on the controversial belief that pollution has damaged the ozone layer protecting the Earth's atmosphere
- Special commendation from the American Women in Radio and Television for her World News Tonight Special Assignment series, 'Women, Work and Sexual Harassment,' in 1979
- Ohio State Award for her earlier PBS series, 'USA: People & Politics'
- 1980 Golden Award for journalism from the Philadelphia Golden Slipper Club
- Outside the Box: A Memoir, published in 2006 which chronicles her life on and off TV, including her husband's death from cancer as well as her own battle with colon cancer
- Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women's Landmarks (co-author, 1994)
- Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words (1996)
- Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes (1997)
- America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song (2001)
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As a life-long swimmer who majored in Greek at Wellesley College, Sherr took on the personal challenge of swimming the wild waters of the Hellespont – the iconic strait that separates Europe from Asia made famous by the Greek myth of Hero and Leander and elevated to an athletic milestone by Lord Byron in 1810 - as part of her research for SWIM: Why We Love the Water. Sherr weaves her adventurous tale around the history and science of the sport into an elegant and witty exploration of the joy of swimming: its lure, its lore and its timeless enchantment from Neptune to Benjamin Franklin to Nemo to Esther Williams up to Michael Phelps.