Journalist to Speak at Sweet Briar’s 100th Commencement

| February 27, 2009

Award-winning journalist Margaret Warner is slated to speak at Sweet Briar College’s 100th commencement exercises on May 16.

Warner is one of five senior correspondents on the Public Broadcasting System’s nightly news program, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” As the lead correspondent for the show’s overseas reporting unit, her job has taken her recently to Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, France, Pakistan, Kenya, China and the United Kingdom.

In 2008, Warner won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the turmoil in Pakistan and was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting by Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy for her overseas reporting.

She also is one of four co-anchors of “America Abroad,” an hour-long radio program devoted to foreign affairs aired on 90 public radio stations through Public Radio International.

Warner joined “The NewsHour” in 1993 after a career in print journalism. She spent a decade at Newsweek as political and campaign correspondent, White House reporter and chief diplomatic correspondent during the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the first Gulf War. She previously reported for The Wall Street Journal, The San Diego Union and The Concord (N.H.) Monitor.

Her diplomatic coverage for Newsweek during the Gulf War made her runner-up for the National Press Club’s 1990 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Reporting. She also shared, with other Newsweek reporters and editors, the prestigious George Polk Award for coverage of terrorism and the Best Reporting Award from the Overseas Press Club.

Warner also serves as a member of the Yale Corporation, and is a trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. A graduate of Yale University, she lives in Washington, D.C.

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