Jad Abumrad ’95
Twitter: @JadAbumradCohost 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 ’99
Twitter: @RumaanAuthor 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 ’88
Twitter: @peterbakernytChief White House Correspondent, ;New York Times. Proud husband of Susan Glasser, Chief International Affairs Columnist for Politico.
Ishmael Beah ’04
Twitter: @IshmaelBeahAuthor of Radiance of Tomorrow and A Long Way Gone. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for children affected by war.
Alison Bechdel ’81
Twitter: @AlisonBechdelAlison 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.
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ’92
Twitter: @MayorSRB49th Mayor of Baltimore. 73rd President of the US Conference of Mayors. Former Secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
Rashida Bumbray ’00
Twitter: @sunraraRashida 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.
Zoe Chace ’04
Twitter: @zchaceZoe 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 ’84
Twitter: @Tracy_ChevalierWriter; author of 9 novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, At the Edge of the Orchard, and the latest, New Boy.
Jeremy Denk ’90
Twitter: @jeremydenkJeremy 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.
Lena Dunham ’08
Twitter: @lenadunhamDunham 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.
Rhiannon Giddens ’00
Twitter: @RhiannonGiddensLead 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 ’96
Twitter: @edhelmsEd 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.
Jennifer Koh ’97
Twitter: @JenniferKoh1Violinist 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 ’69
Twitter: @rkrulwichRobert 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 ’02
Twitter: @billlascherBill 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.
Kiese Laymon ’98
Twitter: @KieseLaymonKiese 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 ’02
Twitter: @EdanLStaff writer for The Millions and author of the New York Times bestselling novel California.
Daniel London ’95
Twitter: @danielplondonDaniel London ’95 is an American actor, best known for his roles in Patch Adams and Rent.
Alice Miranda Ollstein ’10
Twitter: @AliceOllsteinAlice 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 ’83
Twitter: @peggyorensteinPeggy 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.
Eve Peyser ’14
Greg Pinelo ’91
Twitter: @gregpineloA 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.
Josh Ritter ’99
Twitter: @joshritterJosh 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.
Rebekkah Rubin ’13
Twitter: @rebekkahrubinPublic historian and writer. Tweets about the nineteenth century, women’s history, dogs, vegan cake, bicycles, and George Eliot.
Sonia Shah ’90
Twitter: @soniashahScience and investigative journalist, author of& The Fever and Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola.
Gary Shteyngart ’95
Twitter: @ShteyngartAuthor 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 ’79
Twitter: @stevesilbermanAuthor of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, New York Times bestseller and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize.
Ben Sinclair ’06
Twitter: @HMonHBOCo-creator, writer, director, and editor of High Maintenance on HBO.
George Smith ’87
Twitter: @georgesmithtvGeorge 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 ’88
Twitter: @michaelsorrellMichael 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.
Emma Straub ’02
Twitter: @emmastraubAuthor of New York Times bestsellers Modern Lovers and The Vacationers; owner of Books Are Magic, your new fave bookstore
Pyeng Threadgill ’99
Twitter: @PyengThreadgillPyeng 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.
Du Yun ’99
Twitter: @duYunBorn 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 ’79
Twitter: @SZunesPolitics professor, University of San Francisco; writer; parent; interests in human rights, nonviolent action, U.S. Middle East policy