Jodi Kantor

Award-Winning Journalist and Author

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Jodi Kantor’s omnipresence at the Times allows her access to people and stores that she shares with attendees. She takes audiences deep inside the White House as the Obamas try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady. Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions and personalities, Kantor paints an intimate portrait that will surprise even audiences who thought they knew the President and First Lady.

About Jodi Kantor

Jodi Kantor is an award-winning journalist, New York Times correspondent, and best-selling author who writes about gender, politics and other topics.

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, published by Little, Brown in January 2012.

Kantor’s story on the class gap in breastfeeding inspired the first free-standing lactation station. In 2009, she interviewed the Obamas in the White House, asking them “How can you have an equal marriage when one person is president?” More recently, she has reported on the treatment of women at Harvard Business School, on Wall Street and in the Mormon church.

She is a recipient of the Columbia Young Alumni Achievement Award, was named to Crain’s “Forty Under Forty” list of New Yorkers, and appears regularly on television such as the Today Show and Charlie Rose.

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  • How Michelle Obama Conquered First Ladyhood
  • The Obamas: A Behind the Scenes Look at The White House

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