Alumni in the News

Newsmakers

Olivier Knox ’92 became the president of the White House Correspondents Association in July.

Lions roared at the 72nd Tony Awards on June 10. Playwright Tony Kushner ’78’s Angels in America triumphed in the Best Revival of a Play category, while Steven Chaikelson ’89, SOA’93, LAW’93, associate producer for The Band’s Visit, won big when the show nabbed the coveted Best Musical award. Composer Tom Kitt ’96 received a nomination for Best Orchestrations for his work on SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.

On May 21, Netflix announced that it had signed a multiyear deal with President Barack Obama ’83 and Michelle Obama. Netflix reports that the Obamas’ agreement will “potentially includ[e] scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.”

On May 11, The Nation named Atossa Araxia Abrahamian ’08, JRN’11 its senior editor.

Playwright Katori Hall ’03’s new show, Tina — a musical about Tina Turner — opened on April 17 at London’s Aldwych Theatre.

On April 16, The New York Times received a Pulitzer Prize for public service for the reporting — led by Jodi Kantor ’96 and Megan Twohey — that uncovered sexual abuses in Hollywood. The Times shared the honor with The New Yorker, whose reporting on the same subject was led by Ronan Farrow.

David Chubak ’02 was named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2018 40 Under 40 list, while Sam Waldo ’10 was named to the 2018 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 – Asia list in the social entrepreneurs category.

Nick Vita ’95 received an Innovative Disruptor Award at the TriBeCa Film Festival in April.

Benjamin Greenbaum ’97, GSAS’06 is one of seven winners of a 2018 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer, while John Osburg ’97 has been named to the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Class of 2018.

Jennifer Kidwell ’00 appeared on The New York Times’ list of the 25 best American plays in the last 25 years for Underground Railroad Game, which she co-authored and in which she co-starred.