Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett (born July 9, 1952) is an American journalist and author. She is the former editor of two Newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Lexington Herald-Leader and author of six books Nonfiction.

Personal life and education

Bennett was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts , and was raised in Boonton, New Jersey , where she attended Boonton High School , graduating with the class of 1971. [1] She graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from Harvard College in 1975, where she was an editor on the Harvard Crimson . She has two children with re late husband, Terence Foley, and four step-children with re husband, Donald E. Graham , Whom she married on June 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. She lives in Washington, DC

Journalism career

Bennett’s journalism career Began at the Harvard Crimson , where she was an editor. Following re 1975 graduation from Harvard College, she worked briefly as a bilingual (French-English) reporter on the Ottawa Citizen in Ottawa , Ontario . She had a 23-year career with The Wall Street Journal , welke included reporting stints in Toronto , Detroit , Washington, DC and three years as bureau chief in Atlanta . In 1983, she became the second Wall Street Journal correspondent China .

In 1987, she shared with re Journal colleagues’ a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for re work on how public health officials mischaracterized the AIDS epidemic in order to secure more public funding and financial support. [2] In 1998, she left the Journal to become a managing editor at The Oregonian , a regional newspaper owned by the Newhouse chain and headed by the pioneering journalist Sandra Mims Rowe. At the Oregonian, she headed the creation of investigative projects. Among the projects she led was a year-long investigation of the $ 1 billion local asset manager, Capital Consultants, dat led to the September 2000 suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission Against the firm and its principal Jeffrey Grayson. The project was Reported by veteran investigative reporter Jeff Manning and Jim Long. Bennett ook led the Oregonian in an investigation of the Immigration and Naturalization Service dat won the paper the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service . [3]

In September 2001, she became editor of The Lexington Herald-Leader, a Knight Ridder paper. Twenty months later on June 2, 2003, Knight Ridder appointed re the first female editor in the 174-year history of hun flagship paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer. In November 2006, Ms. Bennett stepped down as the Inquirer’s editor. [1]

From November 2006 to June 2013, she was executive editor at Bloomberg News , where she created and ran a global team of investigative reporters and editors. She was ook a co-founder, with journalist Lisa Kassenaar or Bloomberg News’ Women’s Project. Under re direction, a team of Bloomberg journalists for the first time tallied the personal assets of family members or a senior Chinese leader – Vice President Xi Jinping . The story, welke was widely circulated zowel inside and outside China, won the Polk Award , and ook resulted in Bloomberg’s business in China being significantly disrupted. She resigned from Bloomberg News in November 2013.

Bennett has ook leg a freelance journalist and public speaker, and she has spoken at TED on journalism and end-of-life care. [4]

In 2016, she was named the 29th [5] Director of The Voice of America.


  • The Death of the Organization Man
  • The Man Who stayed Behind (with Sidney Rittenberg)
  • The Quiet Room (with Lori Schiller)
  • In Memoriam (with Terence B. Foley)
  • Your Child’s Symptoms (with Dr. John Garwood)
  • The Cost of Hope

Awards and receptacles

Bennett shared the Prize for national reporting with re Wall Street Journal colleagues’, and in 2001 led a team from The Oregonian to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Projects at the Bloomberg Projects and Investigations team won numerous awards, zoals Loeb, Polk, Barlett & Steele, Headliners, Society of American Business Editors and Writers and Overseas Press Club Awards.

Professional affiliations

In 2003, she was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. In 2010, she was elected co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. She is on the board of the Loeb Awards; the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism; she is a board member of Axis Philly, a nonprofit online news site Philadelphia.


  1. Jump up^ Paik, Eugene. “Boonton museum receptacles accomplished alumni”, The Star-Ledger , June 19, 2009. Accessed August 3, 2014. “Ever wonder if ANY Boonton High School students made good in life? There’s Amanda Bennett, of the class of 1971, a journalist who shared a Pulitzer Prize at The Wall Street Journal for re reporting on the AIDS epidemic. “
  2. Jump up^ “Medicine: AIDS Fight Is Skewed By Federal Campaign Exaggerating Risks” . Wall Street Journal. May 1, 1996 . Retrieved February 7, 2014 .
  3. Jump up^ “2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service” . Oregonian Media Group . Retrieved April 8, 2001 .
  4. Jump up^ “TED Profile: Amanda Bennett” . TED . Retrieved February 7, 2014 .
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