Betty Birney graduated from Webster College (now Webster University) in Webster Groves, Missouri, majoring in English and writing. When the Disney Channel started, she became a writer and story editor for Welcome to Pooh Corner. Since then, she has written more than 200 episodes of animated and live-action television programs including Madeline, Doug, Bobby’s World, Dumbo’s Circus, The Puzzle Place, Camp Candy, Little Mouse on the Prairie, Where’s Waldo, Fraggle Rock and Zoobilee Zoo. Birney has won a Writer’s Guild of America Award and three Humanitas Prizes (as well as two other nominations). She has also won a Daytime Emmy Award for Madeline.