Joan Trossman Bien grew up in Glencoe, Ill., a Chicago suburb, and attended New Trier West High School. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder as a theater major, and later graduated from Cal State Northridge with a B.A. in Theater Arts.. She later attended CSUN graduate school for Journalism, completing all classwork. Over the years, Joan has written for KNX Newsradio, KCBS-TV, KTLA-TV, KTTV-TV, KHJ-TV (now KCAL) and KCOP-TV.
Joan also was a print journalist writing for local Ventura County newspapers and had a weekly column in the Our Times section of the Los Angeles Times. She then attended law school and received her Juris Doctorate from Ventura College of Law in 2004.
Joan currently is a freelance writer and is a regular contributor to the Ventura County Reporter and Ventana Monthly. She recently completed a long term assignment as a political researcher for A-Mark Financial and occasionally edits and writes for Design Publications. She has also been published in Creative Home, a Better Homes and Gardens publication. Additonally, Joan freelances pre-production television work, most recently for two reality shows.
Miller-McCune Center for Public Research is the newest addition for Joan’s list of published articles. As a general assignment reporter, she has covered stories ranging from personality profiles to health issues to dog breeds to business.
Joan recently wrapped up a small business selling mid-century antiques out of an upscale Los Angeles store. Her passion for Bakelite jewelry, farmhouse tableclothes, and Atomic Era memorabilia remains strong.
She lives in Moorpark, CA with her husband Steve and has a daughter just finishing college.