Margie Veaner Peters

After graduating from Northeastern’s College of Education in 1970, Margie worked in the Media and Educational Resources Library at Northeastern, where she’d also been employed as an undergraduate during co-op.  In the summer of 1971, Margie became a stay-at-home mom to Shawn, her son with Gil and soon after, moved to Hull, Mass.  

A few years later, Fred Turner (also a News alum) recommended Margie for the position of Hull correspondent to the Quincy Patriot Ledger where he served as an editor. Margie used the journalistic skills she learned at the News for a year or two until she began devoting her free time to sending out unsolicited scripts and story ideas to various television shows.

Eventually, after receiving back several unopened envelopes with accompanying rejection letters, Margie had the good fortune of having one of her stories read by a television producer who said he thought she could have a career writing for television.

For 15 years Margie wrote scripts for television staples like “The Love Boat” and “One Day at a Time,” eventually landing a five-year gig with “The Facts of Life.”  She worked as a writer-producer on that show as well as other half-hour situation comedies culminating with two years on “A Different World” where her script “No Means No” won both a Planned Parenthood Award and the NAACP Image Award.

After leaving Hollywood to return to Hull, Margie taught 7th- and 8th-grade Communications and Language Arts before earning her Masters in Multicultural Education at Lesley University and teaching History of American Film and Creative Writing at Quincy College.  

In 1996, Margie was honored by Northeastern with an outstanding alumni award, thanks to the nomination by Dean Harvey Vetstein.

Today she is a happily retired grandmother of two, living in Sanibel, Fla., where she eats homegrown mangos and bananas, writes daily for her own enjoyment and is very active as a moderator of The Big Arts Film Series. 

(Margie Peters graduated from Northeastern University in 1970 with a degree in Education.)