Amanda Bennett

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Amanda Bennett
VOA Director Amanda Bennett April 27 2017.jpg
Amanda Bennett on the Voice of America. April 27, 2017
Born (1952-07-09) July 9, 1952 (age 67)
EducationHarvard College
OccupationEditor
Spouse(s)Donald E. Graham
(married June 30, 2012)
Terence B. Foley
(9/4/1940-12/14/2008) (married May 23, 1987)
Philip Morrow Oxley
(married December 31, 1976 – divorced January 15, 1983)

Amanda Bennett (born July 9, 1952) is an American journalist and author. She is the former editor of two newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Lexington Herald-Leader and author of six nonfiction books.

Personal life and education[edit]

Bennett was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was raised in Boonton, New Jersey, where she attended Boonton High School, graduating with the class of 1971.[1] She graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from Harvard College in 1975, where she was an editor on the Harvard Crimson. She has two children with her late husband, Terence Foley, and four step-children with her husband, Donald E. Graham, whom she married on June 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Journalism career[edit]

Amanda Bennett, director of the Voice of America, gives a presentation on power of truth in a world of disinformation at the Media Literacy Conference in Sarajevo, September 22, 2017

Bennett's journalism career began at the Harvard Crimson, where she was an editor. Following her 1975 graduation from Harvard College, she worked briefly as a bilingual (French-English) reporter on the Ottawa Citizen in Ottawa, Ontario. She had a 23-year career with The Wall Street Journal, which included reporting stints in Toronto, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and three years as bureau chief in Atlanta. In 1983, she became the second Wall Street Journal correspondent in China.

In 1987, she shared with her Journal colleagues a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for her work on how public health officials mischaracterized the AIDS epidemic in order to secure more public funding and financial support.[2] In 1998, she left the Journal to become a managing editor at The Oregonian, a regional newspaper owned by the Newhouse chain and headed by the pioneer journalist, Sandra Mims Rowe. At the Oregonian, she headed the creation of investigative projects. Among the projects she led was a year-long investigation of the $1 billion local asset manager, Capital Consultants, that led to the September 2000, suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission against the firm and its principal Jeffrey Grayson. The project was reported by veteran investigative reporters Jeff Manning and Jim Long. Bennett also led the Oregonian in an investigation of the Immigration and Naturalization Service that won the paper the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.[3]

In September 2001, she became editor of The Lexington Herald-Leader, a Knight Ridder paper. Twenty months later on June 2, 2003, Knight Ridder appointed her the first female editor in the 174-year history of their flagship paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer. In November 2006, Bennett stepped down as the Inquirer's editor. [1]

From November 2006 to June 2013, she was executive editor at Bloomberg News, where she created and ran a global team of investigative reporters and editors. She was also a co-founder, with journalist Lisa Kassenaar, of Bloomberg News' Women's project. Under her direction, a team of Bloomberg journalists for the first time tallied the personal assets of family members of a senior Chinese leader – vice president Xi Jinping. The story, which was widely circulated both inside and outside China, won the Polk Award, and also resulted in Bloomberg's business in China being significantly disrupted. She resigned from Bloomberg News in November 2013.

Bennett has also been a freelance journalist and public speaker, and she has spoken at TED on journalism and end-of-life care.[4]

In 2016, she was named the 29th[5] director of The Voice of America.

Books[edit]

  • The Death of the Organization Man
  • The Man Who Stayed Behind (with Sidney Rittenberg)
  • The Quiet Room (with Lori Schiller)
  • In Memoriam (with Terence B. Foley)
  • Your Child's Symptoms (with Dr. John Garwood)
  • The Cost of Hope

Awards and honors[edit]

Bennett shared the Prize for national reporting with her Wall Street Journal colleagues, and in 2001 led a team from The Oregonian to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Projects by the Bloomberg Projects and Investigations team won numerous awards, including Loeb,[6] Polk, Barlett & Steele, Headliners, Society of American Business Editors and Writers and Overseas Press Club Awards.

Professional affiliations[edit]

In 2003, she was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. In 2010, she was elected co-chair of the Pulitzer Board. She was on the board of the Loeb Awards; the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism; she was a board member of Axis Philly, a nonprofit online Philadelphia news site. She is on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.[7] She is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund. [8] She is on the advisory board of the Neiman Fellowship program at Harvard University. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paik, Eugene. "Boonton museum honors accomplished alumni", The Star-Ledger, June 19, 2009. Accessed August 3, 2014. "Ever wonder if any Boonton High School students made good in life? There's Amanda Bennett, of the class of 1971, a journalist who shared a Pulitzer Prize at the Wall Street Journal for her reporting on the AIDS epidemic."
  2. ^ "Medicine: AIDS Fight Is Skewed By Federal Campaign Exaggerating Risks". Wall Street Journal. May 1, 1996. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service". Oregonian Media Group. Retrieved April 8, 2001.
  4. ^ "TED Profile: Amanda Bennett". TED. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  5. ^ News, VOA. "Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Named VOA Director".
  6. ^ a b "Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 28, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Avenue, Committee to Protect Journalists 330 7th; York, 11th Floor New; Ny 10001. "Board of Directors - About CPJ". cpj.org. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "Board of Trustees". The German Marshall Fund of the United States. January 9, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "Advisory Board". Nieman Foundation. Retrieved February 13, 2019.

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