AitN: January 16, 2018

Ai-Jen Poo

Ai-Jen Poo '96

MacArthur Foundation

Several Lions made an appearance at the Golden Globe Awards on January 7, with investigative reporter Jodi Kantor ’96 asking insightful questions on the red carpet and activist Ai-Jen Poo ’96 attending as the guest of Meryl Streep. Eli Bush ’09, a producer of Lady Bird, came away a winner when the film won in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category. Photographer Damon Winter ’97 was on hand to photograph the event; he was also featured in The New York Times’The Year in Pictures,” a roundup of the best photos of 2017.
Michael Wolff

Michael Wolff ’75

via BrightSight Group

Michael Wolff ’75 authored Amazon’s current number 1 bestseller, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. A January 5 Los Angeles Times article, “Michael Wolff, Author of New Trump Book, Not One to Shy Away from Controversy,” says, “ … magazine columnist and author Michael Wolff sparked a media storm this week with the publication of leaked excerpts of his forthcoming book … .”

These College alumni are also having big moments in publishing: Corey Kilgannon ’89 wrote the profile “Running an Indie Bookstore, With Churchillian Resolve” (published on December 28 in The New York Times), a profile of Barry Singer ’79, owner of Chartwell Booksellers, the only bookstore and memorabilia shop devoted exclusively to Winston Churchill. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian ’08, JRN’11 was also published in The New York Times; her December 5 article, “Who Loses When a Country Puts Citizenship Up for Sale?”, covers the plight of legally stateless people in the United Arab Emirates.

Brandon Victor Dixon

Brandon Victor Dixon '07

Jorg Meyer

Broadway actor and singer Brandon Victor Dixon ’07 performed at the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, a national celebration of the arts, on December 2.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves '76

Bruce Gilbert

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves ’76, a force behind the E-Stonia Project — a government-led initiative that digitized many aspects of Estonian citizen life from address changes to driver’s license renewals to medical history information — has been in the news. Ilves was recently profiled in both USA Today about Estonia’s online society and in the Wall Street Journal about cyber security.