February 11, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMUptown Campus
TUCP is proud to present its Spring Speaker Series! No tickets are required, and the event is free and open to the public!
Doors: 6:30 pm
Show: 7 pm
Megan Twohey is a prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times who has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children. Along with a team of reporters who exposed sexual harassment and misconduct across industries, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2018.
In 2017, she and Jodi Kantor broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse toward women, helping to ignite a global reckoning on sexual harassment. The investigation shared in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service and the George Polk award for national reporting, and won other national prizes. The previous year, during the 2016 presidential race, Ms. Twohey told the stories of women who accused Donald J. Trump of groping and other sexual misconduct.
As a reporter with Reuters, she uncovered an underground network where parents gave away adopted children they no longer wanted to strangers met on the Internet. Known as private re-homing, the illicit practice took place with no government oversight and at great risk to children. Called The Child Exchange, the series was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and won other awards. It prompted states to pass new laws to protect children. Two of the main subjects were sent to prison. And Ms. Twohey testified before a Senate committee.
While reporting at The Chicago Tribune, she exposed how police and prosecutors were shelving DNA evidence collected after sex crimes, robbing victims of the chance for justice. In response to her articles, Illinois passed the first state law mandating the testing of every rape kit. Ms. Twohey's other investigations brought about separate legal protections for victims of stalking, domestic violence and sex-abusing doctors.
Ms. Twohey, a contributor to NBC and MSNBC, lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Ms. Twohey and Ms. Kantor are writing a book on the Weinstein investigation and sexual harassment, coming from Penguin Press.