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An Evening with Jodi Kantor

Jodi Kantor


Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:30 PM
Doors open at 7PM

The Lyric Theatre in Downtown Blacksburg
135 College Avenue

This event is general admission, no tickets required.  Admission is free.

About Jodi Kantor, Pulitzer Award-Winning Journalist

Jodi Kantor is a prize-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author whose work has revealed hidden truths about power, gender, technology, politics and culture.

In October of 2017, she and Megan Twohey broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's decades of sexual abuse allegations.  Their work helped ignite the #MeToo movement, shift attitudes, and spur new laws, policies and standards of accountabilty around the globe.  Together with a team of colleagues who exposed harassment across industries, they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, journalism's highest award.

Before then, Ms. Kantor's article about the havoc caused by automated scheduling systems in Starbucks workers' lives spurred changes at the company and helped launch a national fair scheduling movement.  After she and David Streitfeld investigated punishing practices at Amazon's corporate headquarters, the company changed its human resources policies, introducing paternity leave and eliminating its employee ranking system.

The article she wrote about Harvard Business School's attempt to change its climate for women provoked a national conversation about women in business schools.  Ms. Kantor's report on working mothers and breastfeeding inspired two readers to create the first free-standing lactation suites for nursing mothers, now available in hundreds of airports and stadiums.

For their work on Mr. Weinstein, Ms. Kantor and Ms. Twohey also received a George Polk Award, the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the University of Georgia, and honors from the Los Angeles Press Club and the Canadian Journalism Foundation.  Along with other members of the Times sexual harassment reporting team, they were awarded the IRE Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., The Batten Medal from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, a Scripps Howard Award for Impact, a special citation from the Goldsmith Awards of Harvard University's Shorenstein Center and the Matrix Inaugural Incite Awards from New York Women in Communications.

Ms. Kantor, a contributor to CBS This Morning, lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Ron Lieber, and their two daughters.

Ms. Kantor and Ms. Twohey are writing a book on the Weinstein investigation and sexual harassment, forthcoming from Penguin Press, which will be adapted into a film by Plan B Entertainment, makers of Selma and Moonlight.

Thanks to our event co-sponsors

Presented by the Women's Center at Virginia Tech in celebration of our 25th anniversary.  Generous support and co-sponsorship from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost; English Department; Pamplin College of Business; Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management; Marketing Department; Business Leadership Center; Division of Student Affairs; The Graduate School; Moss Arts Center; University Libraries; Virginia Tech MFA Program; Residential College at West Ambler Johnston; Department of Psychology; Science, Technology and Society; Department of Religion and Culture; Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics; Office for Inclusion and Diversity; United Feminist Movement; Women's and Gender Studies Program; and Sociology Department


Jodi Kantor on the Lyric marquee photo