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Dorothy Wickenden ’76
Executive Editor, The New Yorker

In the year she graduated, Wickenden attended the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course and then moved to Washington D.C. There, she was hired as an editorial assistant for the Shakespeare Quarterly at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In 1978 she accepted a position as production manager of The New Republic, a magazine of centrist liberal opinion, later becoming managing editor and eventually the executive editor.

In 1988 she applied and was accepted to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, an intensive nine-month program for journalists.

Five years later, she was hired by Newsweek as their national affairs editor. A few years later, in 1995, she became executive editor of The New Yorker. As such, she is one of the most influential women in journalism. The New Yorker contains articles on politics, business, literary criticism, fiction, poetry, art, and foreign and domestic policy.

Wickenden has written for The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Wilson Quarterly. She is the editor of The New Republic Reader: Eighty Years of Opinion and Debate.

Along with her outstanding career, Wickenden has been a devoted alumna. She has been a panelist and speaker for many on- and off-campus forums as well as serving as a Board-appointed Trustee of the Colleges from 1994-1998. She received the Alumnae Achievement Award in 1999 and in 2006 gave the Colleges’ convocation address.


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