Virginia A. Coigney was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised near Albany, New York. She quit school to become a reporter for the Albany Knickerbocker Press and later became a radio and television scriptwriter. She wrote scripts for the soap operas Young Doctor Malone and The Edge of Night. She also wrote a biography of Margaret Sanger and a series of books entitled "Who Did It?" for Collier-Macmillan Limited. She married Robert Travers, another journalist and author, and their daughter was folk singer Mary Travers.