Jill Abramson, former NYT Executive Editor - "In Defense of Leaks: Why A Free Press Matters More in the Age of Terror"
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
This event is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School, the University Press Club, the Council of the Humanities and the Women's Center.
Jill Abramson, former executive director of The New York times and a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, will present a public talk titled, "In Defense of Leaks: Why A Free Press Matters More in the Age of Terror,” on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at 5 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. PU ID HOLDERS WILL GET PRIORITY SEATING FOR ENTRY INTO DODDS AUDITORIUM. THIS EVENT WILL BE SIMULCAST IN BOWL 016.
Hosted by the University Press Club, Abramson is the featured speaker of the 2014 Louis R. Rukeyser Lecture, which brings a prominent journalist to campus each year. Abramson spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington bureau chief, managing editor and executive editor. Before joining the Times, she was deputy Washington bureau chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics at the Wall Street Journal for nine years. She is the author of three books including “Strange Justice,” which she wrote with Jane Mayer, an investigative reporter and staff writer for The New Yorker.
In addition to her current position as a lecturer in Harvard’s English Department, Abramson has taught at both Princeton and Yale, where she led undergraduate writing seminars for five years. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and The American Philosophical Society.