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is an essayist and editor at large for TIME magazine, a best selling author and commentator on politics and values in the United States. She is the co-author with Michael Duffy of the New York Times
Bestseller The Preacher and the Presidents; Billy Graham in the White House
A native New Yorker, she graduated from Yale University
Yale University is a private, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States...
in 1982, summa cum laude
, with honors in history. She studied at New College
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, Oxford as a Marshall Scholar (M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics).
She joined TIME
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in 1985 as a part time fact checker in the International section. She became a writer in 1988 and has written more than 100 cover stories, including the black-bordered special issue on the September 11 attacks, which won a National Magazine Award
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in 2002. The Chicago Tribune named her one of the ten best magazine writers in the country in 2003; her articles are included in the Princeton Anthology of Writing, Best American Crime Writing 2004, Best American Political Writing 2005 and TIME: 85 years of Great Writing. She has been a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, including the Today Show
, Good Morning America
, Charlie Rose
, and a guest essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
In 1993 and 2006, she served as a Ferris Professor of writing at Princeton University
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. She is a former elder and deacon of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City
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