Alumni in the News: July 8, 2024


Sasha DiGiulian ’16

Professional climber Sasha DiGiulian ’16 wrote the July 7 New York Times guest essay “Women Are Reaching New Heights in Climbing But Still Face Old Obstacles.” DiGiulian is also the author of the book Take the Lead: Hanging On, Letting Go, and Conquering Life’s Hardest Climbs and is the founder of SEND Bars, a company that makes nutritional bars for athletes.

On June 27, Dr. Jennifer Ashton ’91, VPS’00, HN’16, the chief medical correspondent at ABC News and Good Morning America, said goodbye to the network after 13 years. “Some of the biggest moments in our country’s history in health we covered and that was an incredible honor and privilege to lead the No. 1 network in the country from the medical standpoint for that,” she said. Ashton is leaving to focus on her women’s wellness company, Ajenda.

Young Joni, the Minneapolis restaurant run by chef and co-owner Ann Kim ’95, was named one of the “22 of the Best Pizza Places in the United States” by The New York Times on June 26. Kim is also the chef/owner of the restaurants Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Sooki & Mimi.

Lamar Richardson

Lamar Richardson ’15

Broadway producer Lamar Richardson ’15 took home two Tony Awards at the Tonys ceremony on June 16: Best Revival of a Play for Appropriate and Best Revival of a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along. Richardson is the youngest Black producer to win two Tonys in one night.

Lucia Aniello ’04, one of the showrunners of the acclaimed HBO series Hacks, was interviewed with her husband and creative partner, Paul W. Downs, and fellow showrunner Jen Statsky in a May 31 New York Times Q&A. Hacks won six Emmy Awards for its first two seasons; the third season concluded on May 30.

It was announced on May 20 that Jonathan Cole ’64, the John Mitchell Mason Professor in the Department of Sociology, recently published a collection of essays. Smoother Pebbles: Essays in the Sociology of Science provides a historical record of the origins and early development of the sociology of science in the United States.