Journalism in a Land of Few Facts

A Conversation with Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times’ Jerusalem Bureau Chief

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to jump start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in 2014 as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu grapples with concern over an Iranian nuclear program, a raging civil war in Syria, and civil unrest in Egypt.  Any of the four issues could dramatically reshape Israel’s  domestic and geopolitical calculus in 2014. The New York Times in EDUCATION brings Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren to the University of Chicago for an inside look at these issues – and their implications for Israel, the Middle East and the United States.

jodi ruroren (2012)Jodi Rudoren has been Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times since May, 2012, covering Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Jordan during a time of regional turmoil. She spent 10 days in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense” in 2012, covered the Israeli elections and President Obama’s visit the following spring, did a project on Palestinian teenagers who throw stones and another on Syrian refugee children, and has written extensively about the Middle East peace process, Israel’s internal identity debates, and the Iranian nuclear threat.

During 15 years at The Times, Jodi has served as Deputy Metro Editor, where she created a new Sunday local feature section and executive-produced the Emmy-award winning multimedia series One in 8 Million; Chicago bureau chief, where she wrote news and features while roaming around 11 Midwestern states; and national education correspondent, where she specialized in school choice and affirmative action. Jodi also covered the 2004 presidential campaign, following first Howard Dean and then John Kerry.

Born in Newton, Mass., Jodi earned a degree in history from Yale University in 1992. She has taught Advanced Journalism (Narrative Feature Writing and Profiles) at the New School University, and served on the boards of the Yale Alumni Magazine and the Oldest College Daily Foundation, which publishes the Yale Daily News.

She lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Gary, an architect, comedy writer, theater director and photographer, and their 6-year-old twins. Formerly Jodi Wilgoren, she and her husband (formerly Ruderman) combined their surnames in 2006. The Jewish Daily Forward included Jodi in its list of the world’s 50 most influential Jews in 2012.

This event was presented by the Center for International Studies and co-sponsored by The New York Times in EDUCATION, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Center for Jewish Studies, the Institute of Politics, and the Jerusalem Study Abroad Program.

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