Jodi Kantor

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Person.png Jodi Kantor  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornApril 21, 1975
Alma materColumbia University
SpouseRon Lieber
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2005
WEF/Young Global Leaders 2005. Her 2017 report on Harvey Weinstein was the starting point of the MeToo movement.

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In office
2003 - Present
EmployerNew York Times

Jodi Kantor is an American journalist. She is a New York Times correspondent whose work has covered the workplace, technology, and gender. She has been the paper's Arts & Leisure editor and covered two presidential campaigns, and wrote an up-close biography of The Obamas[1]. Her report, published in 2017 in the New York Times with Megan Twohey, on years of sexual violence against women by film producer Harvey Weinstein, triggered the MeToo movement worldwide and later his conviction.

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005.

Education and early career

Born and raised in a Jewish family in New York City,[2] Kantor moved to Holmdel Township, New Jersey where she graduated from Holmdel High School.[3] Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors.[2] Kantor graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1996.[4] She was selected for and participated in the Dorot Fellowship in Israel from 1996 to 1997,[5] where she studied Hebrew and worked with Israeli-Palestinian organizations in East Jerusalem, and later served as a New York City Urban Fellow.[6] Later, Kantor attended Harvard Law School for one semester, taking a leave to work at Slate, where she then became an editor.

The New York Times

After corresponding with New York Times columnist Frank Rich about how that paper could improve its arts coverage, she was brought on as editor of the Arts and Leisure section by Howell Raines at age 28. She is thought to be the youngest person to edit a section of the New York Times.[7]

In 2007, Kantor turned to covering politics for the Times, including the 2008 presidential campaign and Barack Obama's biography. Kantor was later allowed to observe the Obamas up close and with her book The Obamas provided a close-up of their private and political partnership "revealing Michelle Obama's initial struggle and eventual turnaround in her role."

In 2016, Kantor co-authored "Refugees Welcome",[8] spending 15 months chronicling how everyday Canadian citizens adopted tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. The series won praise from from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau[9]

On October 5, 2017, Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story of three decades of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by the film producer Harvey Weinstein. Their investigation documented numerous accusations, including from the actress Ashley Judd, internal records and memos showing that Weinstein had harassed generations of his own employees, and settlements (including non-disclosure agreements) dating back to 1990 that covered up Weinstein's trail of abuse.[10] Weinstein was subsequently fired by the board of his production company, The Weinstein Company, and his membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was revoked in October 2017.[2][11] Women around the world began coming forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault by Weinstein, sending shock waves through the entertainment industry.[12]

The discussion spread beyond the entertainment world, with women using the social media hashtag #metoo (initially started by the American activist Tarana Burke) to describe their common experiences, powerful men were forced to resign in a wide range of fields, and shifting attitudes and policies around the globe.[13]


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