Matrix Monday: Honoree Jane Mayer

Announcing the Second of Our Esteemed 2014 Matrix Award Honorees: 
Jane Mayer
Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Jane MayerJane Mayer joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in March 1995. She writes about politics, culture and national security for the magazine. Before joining The New Yorker, Jane was for twelve years a reporter at the Wall Street Journal. In 1984, she became the Journal's first female White House correspondent. She was also a war correspondent and a foreign correspondent for the paper. Among other stories, Jane covered the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Persian Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the final days of Communism in the Soviet Union. 

Before joining the Journal in 1982, Jane worked as a metropolitan reporter for the Washington Star. She began her career in journalism as a stringer for Time magazine while still a student in college.

Jane is the author of the best-selling 2008 book, "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War in Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals," which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times, the Economist Magazine, SalonSlate andBloomberg. She was also the co-author of two additional best-selling books. "Strange Justice," written with Jill Abramson, published in 1994, was a finalist for the 1994 National Book Award for nonfiction. Her first book, "Landslide: The Unmaking of the president 1984-1988," co-authored by Doyle McManus, was an acclaimed account of the Iran-Contra affair in the Reagan Administration.

In 2009, Jane was chosen as Princeton University's Ferris Professor of the Humanities, teaching an undergraduate seminar on political reporting. She has been a speaker at Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Boston College and Grinnell, among other schools.

Jane, who was born in New York, graduated with honors from Yale in 1977 and continued her studies in history at Oxford. She lives in Washington with her husband, Bill Hamilton, and daughter, Kate.


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