Journalist Jodi Kantor named 2018 W&M Andrews Fellow


by Erin Zagursky
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October 30, 2018

Pulitzer Prize winner will give a public lecture

Jodi Kantor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who revealed the story of Harvey Weinstein, was selected in 2018 by William & Mary’s Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics.

She will be on campus November 12-13 to meet with faculty, staff and students and to give a public lecture. Free and open to the public, the conference will take place on November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Auditorium of the Sadler Center. Those interested in participating should Sign up online.

“Jodi Kantor’s work exemplifies the power of the press to catalyze ethical change in our society,” said W&M President Katherine A. Rowe. “For too long the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment have been ignored and dismissed. We are now seeing seismic changes in the understanding of workplace misconduct in the United States. W&M is honored to welcome Ms. Kantor as Andrews Fellow. It offers our students a unique opportunity to put this historic moment in context.

The scholarship was established in 1998 in honor of Hunter B. Andrews, a W&M alumnus and former member of the Visitors’ Council who died in 2005. Kantor’s visit will be part of the one-year commemoration of 100 years of coeducation at W&M. Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the university celebrates the centenary with a series of special events and programs.

Kantor is correspondent for The New York Times. She started her career as a journalist at Slate in 1998 and became the arts and leisure editor of The New York Times four years later. She covered the Obama family extensively from 2007 and wrote a book, The Obamas, about them in 2012.

In 2018, she received a Pulitzer Prize in public service with her NYT colleague Megan Twohey for their investigative reporting into the decades-long sexual assault allegations of media mogul Harvey Weinstein. Their work helped spark an international effort to identify perpetrators in other positions of power. In addition to the Pulitzer, Kantor received a George Polk Prize and the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage.

“Through her reporting on workplace issues, Kantor has had a lasting impact on working conditions at Starbucks and Amazon, at Harvard Business School and now in Hollywood,” said Jayne Barnard, co-chair of the committee. commemoration of the 100th and Cutler Professor of Law, Emeritus. “She has become, through tenacious reporting, one of the most influential journalists of our time.”

Previous Andrews Fellows have included journalist, author and Supreme Court scholar Linda Greenhouse; former Senator John Warner (R-Va.); the late Gwen Ifill, co-host of PBS ‘ NewsTime; former Virginia governor Gerald Baliles; Michael Gerson, a Washington post columnist and former editor of presidential speeches; and Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, who visited the campus last fall.

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