Ms. Hancock was born and raised in Ohio. In high school she enjoyed creative writing and art and participated in the National Honor Society, French Club and the High School Days radio program. She was active in Y-Teens, her church, and a Junior Achievement company that produced weekly radio programs. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and tutored in the Lawnwood Project. She was a member of the Zeta Phi Eta professional sorority and participated in many campus activities until she graduated with a B. A. in Psychology.
Writing News and Features
She promptly moved to New England and then Florida, where she became a journalist. She first wrote for a weekly, The Broward Bulletin, which served the African American community in Fort Lauderdale. As a features writer and photographer for The Fort Pierce News Tribune, she continued campaigning for social justice issues. The Miami Herald lured her to work in four county bureaus before she left Florida and newspaper reporting to freelance for magazines and other periodicals.
Research and Analysis
After living all over the eastern half of the United States, Ms. Hancock emigrated to southern California. She became active in the San Diego Computer Society and several other community organizations until attending San Diego State University’s graduate school. There she taught computer classes and consulted in the Social Science Research Laboratory for two years.
Following graduation with an M. S. in Psychology, Ms. Hancock taught a course in business research for the University of Redlands, and she worked as a research analyst with ScrippsHealth and the San Diego City Schools from which she retired in 2001.
Websites and Content Provider
Ms. Hancock continues to help individuals and groups with research and writing through the business she started in 1991, Hancock Consultants. A new emphasis and attention is on creating websites. She calls on a network of professional programmers and digital designers, assembling them into flexible teams to serve clients’ communication needs in electronic media.