JODI KANTOR & MEGAN TWOHEY
Jodi Kantor is a prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and a best-selling author.
Ms. Kantor specializes in long-form, deeply reported stories. Before she and Megan Twohey broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse towards women, Ms. 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.
For six years, Ms. Kantor wrote about Barack and Michelle Obama. Her book "The Obamas" chronicles their behind-the-scenes adjustment to the jobs of president and first lady. Writing in the New York Review of Books, Ezra Klein said, “Jodi Kantor’s ‘The Obamas’ is among the very best books on this White House.”
Before becoming a reporter, Ms. Kantor was the New York editor of Slate magazine and The Times’s Arts & Leisure editor. She and Ms. Twohey share a George Polk award as well as prizes and honors from PEN America, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Los Angeles Press Club, the University of Georgia, Harvard University’s Kennedy School and the Association for Education in Journalism. Along with colleagues who exposed harassment across industries, they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, journalism's highest honor.
Ms. Kantor is a contributor to CBS This Morning. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Ron Lieber, and their two daughters.
Megan Twohey is a prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times who has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children.
Before she and Jodi Kantor broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's decades of alleged abuse towards women, Twohey told the stories of women who accused Donald J. Trump of sexual misconduct. She uncovered an underground network where parents gave away adopted children they no longer wanted to strangers met on the Internet. Known as private re-homing, the illicit practice took place with no government oversight and at great risk to children. “The Child Exchange” series was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and won the Edgar A. Poe Award of the White House Correspondents Association, among other prizes. It prompted states to pass new laws to protect children. Two of the main subjects were sent to prison.
While reporting in Chicago, she exposed how police and prosecutors were shelving DNA evidence collected after sex crimes, robbing victims of the chance for justice. In response to her stories, Illinois passed the first state law mandating the testing of every rape kit. Twohey's other investigations brought about separate legal protections--for victims of stalking, domestic violence and sex-abusing doctors.
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