Office of Alumni Engagement

Obies to Follow on Social Media

Jad Abumrad
Jad Abumrad ’95 
Cohost of Radiolab. Jad Abumrad ’95 has been called a “master of the radio craft” for his ability to combine cutting-edge sound design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to complex topics from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality. Abumrad studied creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College.
Rumaan Alam
Rumaan Alam ’99 
Author of Rich and Pretty. The following excerpt from Rich and Pretty may sound strangely familiar. “There was fourth meal—they were college students, they stayed up late and thought nothing of a plate of Tator Tots at 11 P.M. while discussing Middlemarch, a book everyone resented reading but would get much mileage, years thence, for having read.”
Peter Baker
Peter Baker ’88
Chief White House Correspondent, ;New York Times. Proud husband of Susan Glasser, Chief International Affairs Columnist for Politico.
Abby Barr
Abby Barr ’14
Comedy writer and seltzer lover! oberlin’14, nuva, #binder producer of @blairsocci’s podcast, words @funnyordie/@thebillfold, etc.
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Ishmael Beah ’04
Author of Radiance of Tomorrow and A Long Way Gone. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for children affected by war.
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Alison Bechdel ’81
Alison Bechdel ’81 is the author of the wildly popular comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For and the critically acclaimed graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.
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Alanna Bennett ’13
Film & TV Writer for @BuzzFeedNewsArticles.
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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ’92
49th Mayor of Baltimore. 73rd President of the US Conference of Mayors. Former Secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
Alex Blumberg
Alex Blumberg ’89
Alex is the host of StartUp, and CEO and co-founder of @Gimletmedia. He is an award-winning radio journalist. Prior to Gimlet, he was a producer for This American Life and the co-founder of Planet Money.
Rashida Bumbray
Rashida Bumbray ’00
Rashida Bumbray is an American curator, choreographer, author, visual and performing arts critic who lives and works in New York, NY. Bumbray’s choreographic work Run Mary Run was included in The New York Times list of the Best Concerts of 2012.
Ben Calhoun
Ben Calhoun ’01
Benjamin Chang Calhoun is an American radio journalist and a producer for the public radio program @ThisAmerLife.
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Zoe Chace ’04
Zoe Chace is an American radio journalist. She is a former reporter for Planet Money and now works as a producer for This American Life. She started in radio when she became an intern for NPR’s Weekend Edition in 2008 and began covering popular music and co-created “Pop Off”, a regular feature about hit songs for Morning Edition.
Tracy Chevalier
Tracy Chevalier ’84
Writer; author of 9 novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, At the Edge of the Orchard, and the latest, New Boy.
Curtis Cook
Curtis Cook ’12
Standup comedian and writer for The Jim Jefferies Show on @comedycentral, @wweek, and @laughstaff.
Jeremy Denk
Jeremy Denk ’90
Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award, Denk was also recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
EJ Dickson
EJ Dickson ’11
Features editor @romper, as seen in @nytimes, @nymag, @washingtonpost, @playboy, and @gqmagazine.
Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham ’08
Dunham graduated from Oberlin College in 2008, where she studied Creative Writing. Her 2009 feature film, Tiny Furniture, won Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest Music and Media Conference and garnered her an Independent Spirit Award. Dunham’s television series, Girls, airs on HBO. It has received eight Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe Awards.
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Chris Eldridge ’04
Guitarist & singer with@punchbrothers, Julian Lage, solo, etc.
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Alicia Eler ’06
Reporter/Visual Art Critic @startribune
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Jon Fine ’89
Executive Director/Editorial at @Inc. James Beard award winner. Guitar in @bitchmagnet.
Imani Gandy
Imani Gandy ’96
Senior Legal Analyst, @Rewire_News | Host-at-Large, @TWiBPrime
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Rhiannon Giddens ’00 
Lead singer, violinist, banjo player and a founding member of the Grammy-winning country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops. In addition to her work with the Drops, Giddens has released two solo albums: Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) and Freedom Highway (2017).
Ed Helms
Ed Helms ’96
Ed Helms is an actor, writer, and comedian. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Mr. Helms attended Oberlin College and moved to New York City in 1996 to pursue a career in comedy.
Linda Holmes
Linda Holmes ’93
Host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, writer, talker:
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Marcus H. Johnson ’12
Politics writer in @HuffPost, @AlterNet, @leafly.
Jennifer Koh
Jennifer Koh ’97
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. An adventurous musician, she collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines and curates projects that find connections between music of all eras from traditional to contemporary. Learn more about Jennifer Koh.
Robert Krulwich
Robert Krulwich ’69
Robert Krulwich is an American radio and television journalist who currently serves as a science correspondent for NPR and is a co-host of the program Radiolab.
Bill Lascher
Bill Lascher ’02
Bill Lascher ’02 is a journalist and author. His debut book, Eve of a Hundred Midnights, recounts the true story of two journalists in love in China and the Philippines at the outset of World War II.
Artistic portrait of Kiese Laymon
Kiese Laymon ’98
Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently a Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi.
Edan Lepucki and child
Edan Lepucki ’02
Staff writer for The Millions and author of the New York Times bestselling novel California.
Daniel London
Daniel London ’95
Daniel London ’95 is an American actor, best known for his roles in Patch Adams and Rent.
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Roman Mars ’94
Creator and Host of 99% Invisible @99piorg & Co-founder of @Radiotopia.
Artistic portrait of Rani Molla
Rani Molla ’08
Data Editor @Recode making information visual.
Artistic portrait of Emily Nussbaum
Emily Nussbaum ’88
TV Critic for The New Yorker. Television studies with a minor in Bible sexuality.
Alice Miranda Ollstein
Alice Miranda Ollstein ’10
Alice Ollstein is a national politics reporter in Washington, DC, where she covers Congress with a focus on health care for Talking Points Memo. The News Media Alliance named her one of its 2017 “Rising Stars” under 30.
Peggy Orenstein
Peggy Orenstein ’83
Peggy Orenstein is the author of The New York Times best-sellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy as well as Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World and the classic SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. Learn more about Peggy Orenstein ’83.
Alexander Overington
Alexander Overington ’11
Composing & sound designing | making radio @WNYC Studios | producing @MeettheComposer via @Q2Music | scoring @MorePerfect via @RadioLab.
Kendra Pettis
Kendra Pettis ’10
Host: @kidstablepod, a podcast devoted to 1990s kids movies run by two fully grown adults.
Eve Peyser
Eve Peyser ’14
Eve Peyser is’s staff politics writer. Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, New York Magazine, GQ, Esquire, Gawker, Jezebel, and The New Inquiry. She was formerly the night editor of Gizmodo. She is also a comedian and was named one of the 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn by Brooklyn Magazine in 2016.
Artistic portrait of Greg Pinelo
Greg Pinelo ’91
A key member of the Obama for America media team in 2008 and again in 2012, Greg is also the architect of award-winning campaigns on a host of issues. He is a strategic advisor to leading nonprofit organizations, foundations, and Fortune 500 companies.
Ma'ayan Plaut
Ma’ayan Plaut ’10
Podcast Librarian, @RadioPublic. @OberlinCollege alum, curator @thepodparty, trainer @twitbootcamp, #foodhat wearer. Always listening.
Daniel Radosh
Daniel Radosh ’91
Senior Writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Late of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart). Co-creator of @LibertyXingTV.
Josh Ritter
Josh Ritter ’99
Josh Ritter is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and author who performs and records with The Royal City Band. Ritter is known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics.
Joshua Rothkopf
Joshua Rothkopf ’93
Film editor, senior film critic at @TimeOutNewYork; former chair, New York Film Critics Circle.
Rebekkah Rubin
Rebekkah Rubin ’13
Public historian and writer. Tweets about the nineteenth century, women’s history, dogs, vegan cake, bicycles, and George Eliot.
Sonia Shah
Sonia Shah ’90
Science and investigative journalist, author of& The Fever and Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola.
Haley Shaw
Haley Shaw ’13
Composer, music producer, and sound designer for @gimletmedia. Mix/sound design @mogul, @heavyweight, @twiceremoved. Mix music for @Thrd_Coast and yr band.
Gary Shteyngart
Gary Shteyngart ’95
Author of the acclaimed novels The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story. His New York Times best-selling memoir, Little Failure, recounts his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor. Shteyngart’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.
Steve Silberman
Steve Silberman ’79
Author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, New York Times bestseller and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize.
Ben Sinclair
Ben Sinclair ’06
Co-creator, writer, director, and editor of High Maintenance on HBO.
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George Smith ’87
George Smith co-anchors Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago. He joined the WFLD team in October 2015. He has been a TV anchor and reporter for more than two decades. Before coming to Chicago, George anchored the 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. news at WOIO-TV in Cleveland. He spent 10 years as a correspondent for ESPN appearing on SportsCenter and Outside the Lines.
Michael Sorrell and son
Michael Sorrell ’88
Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th President of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the school has become one of the most innovative small colleges in America and is rapidly becoming a model for urban higher education by focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship.
Alix Spiegel
Alix Spiegel ’94
Co-host of @NPRinvisibilia. Former @ThisAmerLife person.
Emma Straub
Emma Straub ’02
Author of New York Times bestsellers Modern Lovers and The Vacationers; owner of Books Are Magic, your new fave bookstore
Pyeng Threadgill
Pyeng Threadgill ’99
Pyeng Threadgill’s music has been heard regularly on radio, in front of audiences as varied as New York’s iconoclast downtown venues Nublu and Joe’s Pub, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Detroit Institute of The Arts, The Sun Side Jazz Club in Paris and more and even on the big screen.
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Mirna Valerio ’98
Runner, writer, blogger, diversity Educator:
Amber C. Walker
Amber C. Walker ’11
K-12 Ed reporter @CapTimes. Proud @TFAMiamiDade and @OberlinCollege alum.
Artistic portrait of Du Yun
Du Yun ’99
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in NYC, Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist. Her music exists at an artistic crossroads of orchestral, chamber music, theatre, opera, orchestral, cabaret, storytelling, pop music, visual arts and noise.
Stephen Zunes
Stephen Zunes ’79
Politics professor, University of San Francisco; writer; parent; interests in human rights, nonviolent action, U.S. Middle East policy