After gaining a bachelor's degree in literature at Chatham College and doing graduate work at the University of Maryland, where she was a teaching assistant, Myra was a journalist for four decades, starting as a freelance writer for the Washington Post (which included her pieces in the Washington Post Pocket Style Plus: Perspectives and Panache for Everyday Life, edited by Margaret Mason, published 1983-84); later Myra served as a full-time reporter for the Gazette Newspapers (owned by the Washington Post) from 1980 to 2001.