Famous storyteller, columnist Kathryn Windham dies

By the Associated Press | June 12, 2011 | 10:30 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Kathryn Tucker Windham, a master storyteller and author who became a woman police reporter in a time when there were few, has died. She was 93.

Dilcy Hilley tells The Associated Press that her mother had a variety of illnesses recently and died Sunday afternoon at her home in Selma, Ala.

According to a biography from the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Windham wrote two dozen books, many of them ghost stories. In the early 1940s, she worked for the Alabama Journal and was one of the first female reporters to cover the police beat on a major daily newspaper in the South.

From the 1950s to early 1970s, she worked for The Selma Times-Journal where she won several awards for her columns and photography.

She also regularly contributed to "All Things Considered" for National Public Radio.