Jodi Kantor

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author

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When Jodi Kantor, along with Megan Twohey, broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse, she sparked a movement exposing systematic abuses across industries. In a riveting program, Kantor takes audiences behind the scenes of investigative journalism, showing how she and her colleagues expose secrets that have been hidden for decades and what makes a story impactful. In exploring the resonance of the Weinstein investigation, she tackles topics such as common patterns and means of intimidation, as well as why so many women are now finding their voices and why people are finally listening.

To say it simply, Jodi inspired 6,500 women, including me! I watched the whole audience nodding their heads in unison as she spoke so movingly about her year and what needs to happen if this is the turning point for women. Amazing! She was a pleasure to work with, as are you. I hope we’ll have many future opportunities to work together. Thank you!

- Carolyn Gan
Watermark Conference for Women

About Jodi Kantor

Jodi Kantor is a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, and a best-selling author who writes about gender, politics and other topics.

She specializes in long-form, deeply reported stories. In 2017, she and Megan Twohey broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse towards women. Their reporting set off a worldwide reckoning that encouraged victims to speak, brought to account men who wielded power in a wide range of fields, and shifted attitudes and policies around the globe.

Before that, Kantor’s investigations into conditions at Starbucks and Amazon prompted national debates and policy changes at both companies. Her report on working mothers and breast-feeding inspired two readers to create the first free-standing lactation suites for nursing mothers, now available in airports and stadiums across the country. In 2016, Kantor and Catrin Einhorn reported and wrote “Refugees Welcome,” exploring the question: can regular citizens successfully intervene in one of the worst problems on earth?

She covered the world of Barack and Michelle Obama starting in 2007, also writing about Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Elizabeth Warren, Mitt Romney, Sonia Sotomayor and many others along the way. She is the author of The Obamas, about the first couple’s time in the White House.

Before becoming a reporter, Kantor was the New York editor of Slate magazine and The New York Times’s “Arts & Leisure” editor. She is the recipient of awards from PEN America, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Columbia College, and the Los Angeles Press Club and the Association for Education in Journalism.

Kantor is a contributor for CBS This Morning. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Ron Lieber, and their two daughters.

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