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Sept. 22, 2010

New York Times Writer on Obama After 18 Months

1NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – David E. Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, will give a free public lecture “Obama After 18 Months: What Happened When New Strategies Confronted Old Realities” at Smith College.

John Davis, associate provost, will introduce Sanger’s lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Stoddard Auditorium. During his visit to Smith, Sanger will also deliver a faculty seminar and talk to students.

A 1982 graduate of Harvard College, Sanger has been writing for the New York Times for more than 26 years, covering foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and the presidency. He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has been awarded numerous honors for national security and foreign policy coverage. His first book, “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power” (Harmony, 2009) became a bestseller.

Before coming to Washington in 1994, Sanger was a correspondent and then chief of the New York Times’ Tokyo bureau. There, he developed a specialization in writing on the influence of economics and foreign policy, and the relationships between the United States and its major allies, a subject he continues to pursue in Washington.

Sanger left Asia to become the chief Washington economic correspondent and was later named a senior writer and White House correspondent. He was with President George Bush on 9/11 and covered the military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also played a central role in the first stories that uncovered the nuclear proliferation ring involving Iran, North Korea and Libya.

In 2004, Sanger and four colleagues shared the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ top award for deadline writing. He has also won the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting and several awards from the White House Correspondent's Association.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.

For information about disability access or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.


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