By: Erin Olson
Amy Fisher never gave “a fleeting thought” to a career in journalism. Yet today, she is a regular columnist for the weekly Long Island Press in Garden City, N.Y. One column even earned her an award earlier this year from the Society of Professional Journalists.
It’s quite a turnaround for the woman, now 30, who was once known as the “Long Island Lolita” and served seven years in prison for shooting Joey Buttafuoco’s wife, Mary Jo. Now, as Fisher sees it, her column gives her a chance to “fight for the people who don’t have a voice. … I feel like I take my own past experiences of the media turning me into a sensational story to try to balance the scales as far as other people and other stories are concerned.”
Since emerging from lockup, Fisher has married, given birth to a son, and is currently pregnant. Her editor, Robbie Woliver, calls her a natural writer, and boasts of her penchant for turning in clean copy and never missing a deadline.