AitN: December 4, 2017


Dean Baquet


In media news, The New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet (who entered with the Class of ’78 but left in his last semester) interviewed Jay-Z, who recently picked up eight Grammy nominations for his album 4:44; the video was posted on November 29. Vanity Fair lauded Jodi Kantor ’96 and three other Times reporters in “Vanity Fair Hall of Fame: The Times Reporters Who Brought Sexual Harassment Out Of The Shadows.” Kantor helped break the news revealing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment.


Nico Muhly ’03


Nico Muhly ’03’s new opera, Marnie (based on Winston Graham’s 1961 novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film, both of the same name) opened at the English National Opera in London on November 18.

Lions are making political waves: Beto O’Rourke ’95 (D-Texas) officially filed to challenge Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his Senate seat in 2018. Sara Jacobs ’11, who worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, announced on November 16 her campaign for Congress in California’s 49th district.

On November 16, Joanne Kwong ’97 unveiled the new Chelsea Market location of famed Asian goods store Pearl River Mart; she was featured on a November 21 Wall Street Journal podcast, “The Rise of Experiential Retail” speaking about small businesses (hear her at the 17:00 mark).

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Jodi Kantor ’96


On November 30, Vulture announced that Jenny Slate ’04 has signed with publishing house Little, Brown to write a collection of feminist fables, scheduled for release in 2019.