Ms. Castleberry is a native Texan, a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU), and an SMU Distinguished Alumnae.  From 1956 to 1984, Ms. Castleberry served as the women's editor of the Dallas Times Herald.  She headed the Living section of the paper and was the first woman named to the paper's editorial board. During her 28-year tenure at the Herald, Ms. Castleberry won numerous journalism awards including three "Katie" awards given by the Press Club of Dallas, two United Press International (“UPI”) awards, a state Headliners award, two University of Missouri awards for overall excellence of women's pages, a Southwestern Journalism Forum award and the Buck Marryat Award given by the Press Club of Dallas for "outstanding contributions to communications."

 

 

 

In 1984, Ms. Castleberry was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame.  She has been honored with the Laurel Award given by the American Association of University Women; a Women Helping Women Award given by the Women's Center of Dallas; a Women Helping Women Award given by the Soroptimist Club, and the Extra Mile Award given by the Business and Professional Women's Club.

Since taking early retirement in May of 1984, Ms. Castleberry has written four books: Daughters of Dallas, The Texas Tornado, Sarah the Bridge Builder, and Seeds of Success.  She serves as a consultant to other writers, has taught at local community colleges, and makes numerous speeches, most recently speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Castleberry is married to Curtis W. Castleberry, a retired high school teacher. Together they raised five daughters.  They have 14 grandchildren.