Jodi Kantor

Journalist, New York Times

Jodi Kantor is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who writes about gender, politics and other topics. She has covered the world of Barack and Michelle Obama since 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.

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

Jodi graduated from Columbia and attended Harvard Law School. But soon after she arrived, she caught the journalism bug, took time off to work at Slate.com, and never looked back. She joined The New York Times as Arts & Leisure editor, revamping the section and helping lead a makeover of the Culture report. The recipient of a Columbia Young Alumni Achievement Award and a Feminist Press Award, Jodi has also been named by Crain’s New York Business magazine as one of “40 Under 40.”  

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The Power of Community and the Power of One

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