CANCELED: Journalist Jane Mayer to discuss truth in an era of fake news
Update: This talk has been canceled, and is set to be rescheduled in the fall.
Jane Mayer has been a New Yorker staff writer since 1995. She has also published four narrative non-fiction books, including, most recently, The New York Times bestseller “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right,” released in 2016 to critical acclaim. It was named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times.
Mayer lives in Washington, and her reporting for The New Yorker includes several award-winning works of investigative political journalism. She has reported on money in politics, government prosecution of whistleblowers, and the U.S. Predator drone program, among other topics.
Before joining The New Yorker, Mayer worked at The Wall Street Journal, where she covered the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Persian Gulf War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1984, she became the paper’s first female White House correspondent. In 1977 Mayer graduated magna cum laude from Yale College, where she served as a senior editor for the Yale Daily News Magazine.
The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Bernard Avishai, Graeme Wood, and Julia Ioffe.