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Jay Newton-Small

2022 Speaker

JAY NEWTON-SMALL is a contributor to TIME magazine and author of the best-selling book, Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works. She’s also the founder of Memory Well, a digital platform for senior storytelling. She is a former longtime Washington correspondent for TIME covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, as well as Congress and the White House. She has interviewed numerous heads of state, including Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, as well as senators, governors and foreign dignitaries. She’s also covered stories on five continents for TIME from conflicts in the Middle East to the earthquake in Haiti to the Scottish independence movement and the Charlie Hebdo and Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. She. She has written nearly a dozen TIME cover stories and contributed to dozens of others. She is a regular contributor on MSNBC and CNN. Before TIME, Newton-Small was a reporter for Bloomberg News, where she covered the White House, Congress and the 2004 presidential campaign. Newton-Small received an MS in journalism from Columbia University and a double BS in International Relations and Art History from Tufts University. She was a 2015 Harvard Institute of Politics fellow, a 2016-2017 New America fellow and a 2017 Halcyon fellow. She is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Dirksen Award for congressional reporting and the 2016 Deadline Club award for community service reporting. The daughter of two United Nations diplomats, she grew up abroad, living in such places as Asia, Africa and Europe. She is fluent in French.

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