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Nieman’s 85th Anniversary Reunion Weekend

Speaker Bios

Hannah Allam

Headshot of Hannah AllamHannah Allam, NF ’09, writes about extremism, terrorism and national security for The Washington Post. She joined the Post in 2021 from NPR, where she was on the national security team. As a longtime foreign correspondent for McClatchy, Allam served as bureau chief in Baghdad during the Iraq War and in Cairo during the Arab Spring rebellions. She returned to the United States in 2012 and has reported extensively on U.S. foreign policy, race and religion, and the mainstreaming of extremist ideologies. Allam was part of The Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the U.S. Capitol attack. She is on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
@HannahAllam

John Archibald

Headshot of John ArchibaldJohn Archibald, NF ’21, is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a longtime (i.e., aging) fixture in the South, where he is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group. The 2018 Pulitzer jury described his columns as “lyrical and courageous commentary that is rooted in Alabama but has a national resonance in scrutinizing corrupt politicians, championing the rights of women and calling out hypocrisy.”

He was the lead reporter on a series of articles that examined out-of-control policing in the tiny Alabama town of Brookside, which won the 2023 Pulitzer for Local Reporting. That coverage also won the George Polk Award for local reporting, the Sidney Hillman Award for web journalism, and a Best-in-Show National Headliner Award, among others.

Archibald wrote and co-hosted the national Murrow Award-winning podcast “Unjustifiable” in 2021. His book “Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution” (Alfred A. Knopf), was named one of NPR’s 2021 “books we love.”
@JohnArchibald

Martha Bebinger

Headshot of Martha BebingerMartha Bebinger, NF ’10, is a health care correspondent at WBUR in Boston. She frequently files for NPR and KFF Health News. Bebinger has won dozens of regional and national awards for her work. She’s the mother of three adventurous young men.
@mbebinger

Henry Chu

Headshot of Henry ChuHenry Chu, NF’ 15, is an award-winning reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times. He has spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent, with postings in Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi and London, where he now serves as deputy news editor. He was part of the teams that won Pulitzer Prizes for the paper’s coverage of the Northridge earthquake in California and a street shootout in North Hollywood. From 2016 to 2019, he was the international editor for Variety magazine, during which time he saw some of the best, and worst, movies of his life.
@HenryHChu

Selymar Colón

Headshot of Selymar ColónSelymar Colón, NF ’20, is an award-winning journalist, currently executive director for digital at GFR Media, the parent company of El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora, Puerto Rico’s leading news organizations. Before her Nieman year, she served as editor-in-chief of digital news at Univision, where she built a team of multimedia journalists and drove the network’s digital integration.

For more than a decade, Colón has been at the epicenter of multiplatform journalism, engaging Spanish-language audiences and the Hispanic community in the U.S. with trusted news and information. At Univision, she reported on the 2010 Haiti earthquake, President Barack Obama’s second inauguration and one of the first interviews with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
@SelyColon

Alfredo Corchado

Headshot of Selymar ColónAlfredo Corchado, NF’ 09, is the Mexico border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News. He also has reported from Washington and Cuba. Before joining the News, Corchado reported for the El Paso Herald-Post and The Wall Street Journal in Dallas and Philadelphia. An award-winning journalist, he is the author of two books: “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness” and “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration.”
@ajcorchado

Archon Fung

Headshot of Archon FungArchon Fung directs the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and is the Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at Harvard Kennedy School. He examines policies and practices that aim to deepen the quality of democratic governance. He focuses on public participation, deliberation, and transparency. Fung is the co-founder of Participedia, a crowd-sourced platform for participatory governance around the world.

His books include “Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency” (Cambridge University Press, with Mary Graham and David Weil) and “Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy” (Princeton University Press). He has authored five books, four edited collections, and over one hundred articles published in professional journals. He served as academic dean of the Kennedy School from 2014-2018 and was its acting dean in 2015. He holds two S.B.s — in philosophy and physics — and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
@Arfung

Joseph Kahn

Headshot of Joseph KahnJoseph Kahn is the executive editor of The New York Times. He oversees all aspects of the Times’s global newsroom and news report.

Before becoming executive editor in June 2022, Kahn had served as managing editor since 2016. In that role, he led the Times’s push to become a fully digital-first news operation, build a global news operation, transform the newsroom’s culture to be more diverse and inclusive, and encourage new forms of storytelling.

A two-time Pulitzer winner, Kahn has a long track record of both producing and helping journalists produce their most ambitious and courageous work.

In 1987, he started his career in local news at The Dallas Morning News and subsequently worked as a China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

He joined the Times in 1998 and has served as a business reporter in New York; an economics correspondent in Washington, and a foreign correspondent in China. As an editor on the International desk, and eventually its leader, Kahn led coverage of some of the most complex storylines including wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria; to terrorism attacks and political turmoil in Europe; to the Ebola epidemic in Africa. He also championed high-impact enterprise in the Times’s global report, notably in Russia and China. The International desk won six Pulitzer Prizes for its international reporting during Kahn’s years as an editor on the desk.

Randall Kennedy

Headshot of Randall KennedyRandall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law and the regulation of race relations. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina. For his education he attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for “Race, Crime, and the Law,” Kennedy also writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His latest book is “Say It Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture.” His other books, all published by Pantheon, are “For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law,” “The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency,” “Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal,” “Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption” and “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word.”

A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Kennedy is also a trustee emeritus of Princeton University.

Karim R. Lakhani

Headshot of Karim R. LakhaniKarim R. Lakhani, an authority on artificial intelligence (AI) and business transformation, is the Dorothy & Michael Hintze Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and co-founder and chair of the Digital Data Design Institute at Harvard. As an enabler of open-source and open innovation in the U.S. federal government, he has played a pivotal role with NASA and serves on the boards of Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla.ai. Lakhani is also a board member and angel investor in AI startups. His research produces cutting-edge machine learning (ML) and AI code and has been successfully implemented by his partners in their systems.

Lakhani is the (co)founder of multiple Harvard-wide initiatives at the intersection of technology, AI, and company strategy. As the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Lab and founder of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, he has pioneered the use of field experiments to address innovation-related challenges while generating research in collaboration with organizations like Harvard Catalyst and The Broad Institute. He has developed six online courses for executives on AI strategy, technology-driven transformation, and entrepreneurship, and co-authored the award-winning book “Competing in the Age of AI” (Harvard Business Review Press, with Marco Iansiti). As the co-founder of the nonprofit Aspire Institute, Lakhani aims to transform the lives of first-in-family college students worldwide. He earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
@klakhani

Patricia Laya

Headshot of Patricia LayaPatricia Laya, NF ’22, is Bloomberg’s Andes bureau chief, overseeing coverage and a wide scope of breaking and investigative news across Venezuela, Colombia and the region. She has reported award-winning features and breaking stories on topics ranging from clandestine gold sales to the Venezuelan military’s growing power and the surge in drug trafficking.

As a 2022 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, she studied authoritarianism and political oppression. With Bloomberg since 2012, Laya has also worked out of the New York, Madrid, Mexico City and Washington D.C. bureaus.

Born and raised in Caracas, she has a bachelor’s degree in business journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
@PattyLaya

Ann Marie Lipinski

Headshot of Ann Marie LipsinkiAnn Marie Lipinski, NF ’90, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She oversees an international fellowship program and an innovative group of publications about journalism, including Nieman Lab, Nieman Reports and Nieman Storyboard.

Before coming to Harvard, Lipinski served as senior lecturer and vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago. Prior to that, she was the editor-in-chief and senior vice president of the Chicago Tribune, a post she held for nearly eight years following assignments as managing editor, metropolitan editor and investigations editor. As a reporter at the Tribune, Lipinski was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for stories she wrote with two other reporters on government corruption in Chicago. While editor of the paper, she oversaw work that won Pulitzers in international reporting, feature writing, editorial writing, investigative reporting and explanatory journalism.

Lipinski is a trustee of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and a past co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize board. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
@AMLwhere

Hamish Macdonald

Headshot of Hamish MacdonaldHamish Macdonald, NF ’16, is host of “The Project,” a news and current affairs program on Paramount/Ten, and a host of ABC’s Radio National Breakfast in Australia. Outside his homeland, he worked for Channel 4 News in the U.K. and in the U.S, was an anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera English and an international affairs correspondent for ABC News.

Macdonald has won numerous awards including a Walkley for current affairs journalism and was named Young Journalist of the Year by Britain’s Royal Television Society in 2008.

He has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine, the nuclear disaster in Japan, uprisings in Hong Kong and Egypt, the London bombings and the rise of ISIS.

Beth Macy

Headshot of Beth MacyBeth Macy, NF ’10, is a Virginia-based journalist who writes about outsiders and underdogs. She is the New York Times best-selling author of four books published by Little, Brown and Company, including “Factory Man” and “Dopesick,” which won the L.A. Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, and was described as a “masterwork of narrative nonfiction” by The New York Times.

“Dopesick” was made into a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning Hulu series; Macy was an executive producer and co-writer on the show. Her 2022 book, “Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis,” was a follow-up to “Dopesick” and explored on-the-ground solutions to the nation’s drug epidemic.

In addition to being a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, she was a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow. Macy has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and The Washington Post. Her next book, “Paper Girl,” is a combination memoir and reported examination of the rural-urban divide told through the lenses of declining upward mobility, political polarization and the decimation of local and regional news.
@papergirlmacy

Dr. Joia Mukherjee

Headshot of Joia MukherjeeDr. Joia Mukherjee is a physician, educator, and activist, trained in infectious disease, internal medicine, pediatrics and public health. Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the chief medical officer of Partners In Health, an international medical organization with programs in the United States, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan, the Navajo nation and now, in the COVID-19 pandemic, in cities and states across the U.S. Dr. Mukherjee coordinates and supports PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest and most vulnerable.

She is an associate professor of medicine at the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mukherjee is also on the faculty at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery and human rights to health professionals and students from around the world and directs the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery program and the Program in Global Medical Education and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of “Introduction to Global Health Delivery: Practice, Equity, Human Rights,” (Oxford University Press). Her scholarship focuses on health delivery, universal health coverage and human rights. She is a mother and a singer.
@JoiaMukherjee

Romy Neumark

Headshot of Romy NeumarkRomy Neumark, NF ’23, is an Israeli journalist and a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s NELC (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) department and a fellow at Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies. She is currently teaching courses on Israeli documentaries and Israeli media in the Hebrew language.

Before joining Harvard, Neumark held the position of senior anchor at KAN (the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation) and was the creator and host of the daily TV show “Night News.” She previously reported for Reshet Bet, Channel 10 News, Gali Tzahal, Walla and Maariv.

Neumark is renowned in Israel for using the news as a catalyst for social change, advocating for gender equality, diversity and inclusivity through the unconventional use of the Hebrew language. singer.
@romy1n

Susan Orlean

Headshot of Susan OrleanSusan Orlean, NF ’04, is the author of nine Simon & Schuster books, including “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup;” “My Kind of Place;” “Saturday Night;” and “On Animals.” In 1999, she published “The Orchid Thief,” a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film “Adaptation” starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep. Her book, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend” won the Ohioana Book Award and the Richard Wall Memorial Award. In 2018, she published “The Library Book,” about the arson fire at the Los Angeles Public Library. It won the California Book Award and the Marfield Prize and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal.

Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, and has also contributed to Vogue, Rolling Stone, Outside and Esquire. She has written about taxidermy, umbrellas, origami, chickens and a wide range of other subjects. She wrote for the second season of HBO’s “How To With John Wilson” and was nominated for an Emmy for the episode “How to Appreciate Wine.” Ten years after studying at Harvard as a 2004 Nieman Fellow, Orlean was named as a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.
@susanorlean

Diane Paulus

Headshot of Diane PaulusDiane Paulus is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Her directing credits include “WILD: A Musical Becoming,” “Gloria: A Life,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “ExtraOrdinary,” “The White Card,” “In the Body of the World,” “Waitress” (currently on U.S. national tour), “Crossing,” “Finding Neverland,” “Witness Uganda,” “Pippin” (Tony Award for Best Revival and Best Director), “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” (Tony Award for Best Revival and NAACP Award for Best Direction), “Prometheus Bound,” “Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera,” “Best of Both Worlds” and “The Donkey Show.”

Her other work includes Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna”, “Invisible Thread” at Second Stage, and the Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning revival of “Hair” on Broadway and London’s West End. As an opera director, her credits include “The Magic Flute,” the complete Monteverdi cycle, and the trio of Mozart-Da Ponte operas. Paulus is Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department and Department of Theater, Dance & Media. She was selected for Boston Magazine’s 2018, 2020 and 2022 lists of Boston’s 100 most influential people, the 2014 “Time 100,” Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and as one of Variety’s “Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014.”

Maria Ressa

Headshot of Maria RessaMaria Ressa is the CEO, co-founder, and president of Rappler.com, the Philippines’ top digital news site. Ressa’s courage and work on disinformation and “fake news” culminated in her being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Her numerous awards include being named Time’s 2018 Person of the Year and listed among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019.

Ressa also won the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize in 2021. Among the many other awards she has received are the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Knight International Journalism Award from the International Center for Journalists, the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University and the Sergei Magnitsky Award for Investigative Journalism.

A journalist for over 36 years, Ressa has had 10 arrest warrants filed against her related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel. She is out on bail pending her appeal but vows to keep fighting.

Ressa was featured in the 2020 documentary “A Thousand Cuts,” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while also illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power. Her newest book, “How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future” (HarperCollins), was released in November 2022.

Ressa travels the world speaking to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press, democracy, and corporate governance, sharing her experience as a journalist and an entrepreneur in the digital realm.
@mariaressa

Alissa Johannsen Rubin

Headshot of Alissa Johannsen RubinAlissa Johannsen Rubin, NF ’21, is an international correspondent and senior writer for The New York Times, covering climate change and conflict in the Middle East. She has served as bureau chief in Baghdad (twice), and in Kabul and Paris for The New York Times. Previously she was the Balkans bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and co-bureau chief in Baghdad.

She won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting; the 2015 John Chancellor Award for journalistic achievement; a 2016 Michael Kelly award for a series of articles examining the severe limitations of the U.S. efforts to help Afghan women and a 2010 Overseas Press Association award for a piece on women suicide bombers, “How Baida Wanted to Die.”

A native New Yorker, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1980 from Brown University with an honors degree in Renaissance studies and a minor in classics (Latin). She received a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities to pursue her graduate studies in modern European history and received an M.A. in 1986.
@Alissanyt

Hopewell Rugoho-Chin’ono

Headshot of Hopewell Rugoho-Chin’onoHopewell Rugoho-Chin’ono, NF ’10, is a Zimbabwean journalist, documentary filmmaker and anti-corruption activist. He was the ITV News Africa producer for eight years, and wrote for The New York Times from Harare, Zimbabwe. He left ITV News in 2016 to concentrate on making documentary films. His feature “State of Mind,” released in 2018, was the first documentary on mental illness produced in Africa.

In 2020, Rugoho-Chin’ono discovered a massive corruption scandal involving the looting of COVID-19 public funds and reported on it extensively, resulting in him being jailed three times. The Gatefield People Journalism Prize for Africa, a public service journalism initiative, named him as the People Journalist for Africa 2020 and in December 2022, he won the Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award for his anti-corruption journalism. In 2008, CNN named him African Journalist of the Year for the documentary “Pain in My Heart” about his country’s struggle against HIV/AIDS.

Rugoho-Chin’ono was not able to work after the Zimbabwean government confiscated his equipment, including cameras and computers, in a dramatic 2020 raid that involved seven gunmen with AK-47s, an incident that was reported around the world. He was not allowed to leave Zimbabwe for three years and his passport was confiscated as part of his punitive bail conditions, which included surrendering the title deeds for his Harare home.
@daddyhope
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Alisa Sopova

Headshot of Alisa SopovaAlisa Sopova, NF ’17, is a journalist and an anthropologist whose work focuses on civilian experiences of the war in Ukraine and specifics of day-to-day life in the context of military violence. Born and raised in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, she was faced with the challenge of reporting on violence in her own city when the war broke out in 2014. Since then, she devoted her career to exploring the means of storytelling that allow to convey the true-to-life experiences of war survivors and to minimize the aesthetic cliches, political biases and stereotypes that tend to distort such narratives.

Her reporting from Ukraine has been featured in The New York Times, Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and on NPR, among other places. She was the first Nieman Fellow from Ukraine and went on to pursue an M.A. in regional studies at Harvard and a Ph.D. in anthropology at Princeton University. In collaboration with Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Alisa is the co-author of the #5Kfromthefrontline project about daily life during the war.
@sopova.alisa (Instagram)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Headshot of Anastasia Taylor-LindAnastasia Taylor-Lind, NF ’16, is a British-Swedish photojournalist who has contributed to National Geographic magazine and other leading publications. She is also an author, poet and TED Fellow. For the last nine years, Taylor-Lind has worked in Ukraine covering issues relating to women, war and violence.

Her first book, “Maidan – Portraits from the Black Square” (GOST Books), documents the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and was published the same year. Her poetry focuses on contemporary conflicts and the experiences she cannot photograph. In 2022, her first collection, “One Language,” (Smith|Doorstop) was published in the U.K.

Taylor-Lind is a National Geographic Explorer, chronicling the civilian experience of war in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine with her longtime friend and collaborator Alisa Sopova. She also was awarded the 2023 Canon Female Photojournalist Grant from Canon and Visa pour l’Image in recognition of her contributions to photojournalism.
@anastasiatl
@anastasiatl (Instagram)

Wendi C. Thomas

Headshot of Wendi ThomasWendi C. Thomas, NF ’16, is the founding editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. It was during her Nieman fellowship in 2015-2016 that she incubated MLK50, which has grown from a one-year project to an award-winning newsroom based in Memphis. Previously, Thomas worked at The Commercial Appeal, The Charlotte Observer, The Tennessean and The Indianapolis Star.

As part of ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, she investigated Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare’s aggressive debt collection practices, which led the hospital to erase nearly $12 million in hospital debt for more than 5,300 people it had sued. For this work, she received the 2020 Selden Ring Award, a first-place tie in the Investigative Reporters & Editors 2019 award and a 2020 Gerald Loeb Award, among other honors. In 2022, she received the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’ Local Champion Award and in 2023, she received Nieman’s I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence.

She’s a graduate of Butler University and a proud product of public schools.
@wendi_c_thomas

Dustin Tingley

Headshot of Dustin TingleyDustin Tingley is a professor of government at Harvard University, where he serves as deputy vice provost for Advances in Learning, faculty director for the VPAL Data Science and Technology Group and faculty director for the Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching. His research interests include climate change, international relations, American foreign policy, data science and education. Recent projects have examined attitudes toward global climate technologies and policies, low carbon community transitions and the intersection of causal inference and machine learning methods for the social sciences.

Tingley’s new book with Alex Gazmararian, “Uncertain Futures: How to Solve the Climate Impasse” (Cambridge University Press), was published in July 2023. His book on American foreign policy with Helen Milner, “Sailing the Water’s Edge,” was published in 2015.

Tingley teaches courses on the politics of climate change and the environment, data science, and international relations as well as the new Harvard Business School course called “Energy.” He co-chairs Harvard’s Standing Committee on Climate Education and the Harvard FAS Standing Committee on Public Service and Engaged Scholarship. He co-authored the report “The Future of Climate Education at Harvard.”

Tingley is co-leading an effort to support younger scholars in the social sciences interested in climate change. He additionally co-founded ABLConnect (a repository for active learning pedagogy). He received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton and B.A. from the University of Rochester.
@dustintingley

Simon Wilson

Headshot of Simon WilsonSimon Wilson, NF ’08, covered international news for the BBC for more than 30 years, becoming one of the organization’s most experienced overseas bureau chiefs. He spent six years in the Middle East covering the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the Iraq war and led the BBC’s coverage of the 2006 conflict in Lebanon which won a U.S. Emmy Award for outstanding international news coverage. Following his Nieman year in 2008, Wilson took over as Washington bureau chief organizing coverage of two U.S. presidential elections. Prior to returning to the U.K. in 2018, Simon spent five years in Brussels as editor of the BBC’s European news bureau, covering stories including the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels and the Brexit vote. His most recent BBC role was as head of journalism at the World Service overseeing more than 300 staff in six of the BBC’s foreign language services, including both the Russian and Ukrainian services during the current conflict. After leaving the BBC this summer, Wilson now works as an independent consultant and strategic adviser.
@siwilso

Edward Wong

Headshot of Ed WongEdward Wong, NF ’18, is a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington, D.C. He has reported for the Times for more than 24 years, working for 13 of those as an international correspondent and bureau chief from China and Iraq. Wong has taught journalism at Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley. He was also a recent fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington and at the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School. He is a recipient of the Livingston Prize for his reporting on the Iraq War and was on a team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the war. He is finishing his first book, “At the Edge of Empire: A Family’s Reckoning with China,” to be published by Viking Books in May 2024.
@ewong