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Alumni

‘First Draft of History’: Kristen Welker ’98 Charts Path from Crimson Reporting to White House

Leading the crowd of reporters in the White House briefing room, Kristen Welker ’98 sat in the front row, poised to ask about the ongoing fight over the debt limit and budget deal.

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Harvard in the World

The Making of a Prime Minister: Benazir ‘Pinkie’ Bhutto ’73 Remembered as ‘Great Messenger’ for Pakistan

Before Benazir Bhutto ’73 broke the “glass ceiling” as the first democratically elected woman of a Muslim nation, she was a shy girl from Eliot House known to all as “Pinkie.”

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Alumni

Seth Waxman ’73 Reflects on Path from Quincy House to the Supreme Court

In October 2022, nearly 50 years after his graduation from Harvard, Seth P. Waxman ’73 defended his alma mater before the Supreme Court.

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Alumni

Robert W. Decherd ’73, Titan in Texas Journalism, Reflects on Changing Media Landscape

Fifty years ago, as Robert W. Decherd ’73 stood with his fellow editors at The Crimson’s centennial celebration, he said that the event “has meant more in an institutional way than any Harvard Reunion or office party ever could.” Now, as Decherd returns to Harvard for his 50th reunion, he remains convinced.

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Politics

A Legacy of Leadership in Dallas: Eric L. Johnson ’98

If Dallas Mayor Eric L. Johnson ’98 hadn’t met Robert Bridgeman — then the director of programs at the Phillips Brooks House Association — while walking across Harvard Yard in his freshman fall, his life of public service might not have been the same.

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Health

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy ’98 Guided by ‘Inspiration in the Moment’

Vivek H. Murthy ’98 has more than enough on his plate. His resume features numerous board positions, nonprofit and business ventures, and a bestselling book. He now serves as U.S. surgeon general — the youngest person ever to be confirmed to the position and the first of Indian descent.

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City Politics

A Crimson Commonwealth: The Harvard Alumni Who Run Massachusetts

As Harvard affiliates continue to interact with and fill the Massachusetts government, it often falls to the University’s own to create policy and settle disagreements that directly affect Harvard. How does their time at the University influence the way they approach these disputes, and what is the effect of Harvard’s impact on Massachusetts leaders?

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Politics

Harvard College Alum Ryosuke Takashima ’19-’22 Becomes Youngest Mayor in History of Japan

Following a decisive win in a unified local election on April 23, Harvard College alum Ryosuke Takashima ’19-’22 became the youngest mayor in Japanese history.

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HAA

Harvard Alumni Association Will Retain Email Forwarding and Offer Service to Graduates, Following Outcry

The Harvard Alumni Association announced Monday that it will continue to offer email forwarding services for alumni in partnership with an external company, reversing course following alumni outcry.

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Alumni

Meredith Hodges ’03 Elected President of Harvard Board of Overseers

Meredith L. “Max” Hodges ’03, the executive director of Boston Ballet, was elected as president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for the 2023-24 academic year, the University announced on Thursday.

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Central Administration

Four Earn 2023 Harvard Medals for Distinguished Service to the University

Four Harvard affiliates will receive the 2023 Harvard Medal for “extraordinary service” to the University, the Harvard Alumni Association announced last Thursday.

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College

How the ‘Harvard Plan’ Shaped College Admissions and Campus Diversity

The “Harvard Plan” represented the University’s largest formal push to increase campus diversity, though students and activists had advocated for change for years prior. With affirmative action and the Harvard Plan in jeopardy, alumni, legal scholars, and administrators reflected on the push for campus diversity and how it changed the College’s student body.

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HAA

Journalist Mary Louise Kelly ’93 to Speak at Harvard Alumni Day

Mary Louise Kelly ’93, the co-host of NPR’s flagship news program All Things Considered, will speak at the second annual Harvard Alumni Day event in June, the University announced Monday afternoon.

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FAS

Hedge Fund CEO Ken Griffin ’89 Makes $300M Donation to FAS, Harvard to Rename GSAS in His Honor

Billionaire hedge fund CEO and Republican megadonor Kenneth C. Griffin ’89 donated $300 million to Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the University announced Tuesday morning. Harvard will rename the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences after Griffin, who has now given more than half a billion dollars to the University.

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Central Administration

Srishti Gupta Narasimhan ’97 Campaigns on Inclusivity and Interdisciplinary Thinking

Srishti K. Gupta Narasimhan ’97 is running a campaign for the Board of Overseers focused on promoting diversity, cultivating interdisciplinary thinking, and supporting the future of higher education.

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