Newsmakers

Newsmakers

The Emmy Awards aired on September 17 and two alumni were nominated for their acting: Brandon Victor Dixon ’03 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his work in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and Kate McKinnon ’06 in the Supporting Actress in a Comedy category for her work on Saturday Night Live.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. ’73, LAW’76 received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award on August 4 at the Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner in Chicago. The distinction recognizes members of the legal profession for their long-term contributions to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties and human rights in the United States.

Kai-Fu Lee ’83 was honored with the 2018 Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award and will receive it at a gala dinner in Singapore on November 22. He was recognized for “championing AI innovation and policies to ensure its positive social impact.”

Author and journalist Franklin Foer ’96 wrote The Atlantic’s September 2018 cover story — “How Trump Radicalized ICE” — in which he explores America’s immigration crisis. Kevin Baker ’80 wrote “The Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence” for the July 2018 issue of Harper’s Magazine; he considered the loss of NYC’s individuality as high rents force out mom-and-pop shops and chains take over neighborhoods.

Jordan Hewson ’12, SOA’17 appeared in Vogue’s September 2018 issue in the feature “Here, There, Everywhere: 34 Stars Who Continue to Shine on a Global Stage.” Hewson was highlighted for creating Action Button, “an embeddable tool that allows readers to take actions — through tweeting support, signing petitions, or charitable donations — on a wide swath of social and political issues.”

On September 3, writer Michael Musto ’76 appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” to talk about the August 31 closure of iconic tabloid The Village Voice. On the program, Musto, who wrote the paper’s nightlife column for 30 years, discusses the history of the Voice and how he feels about its demise.