Amanda RipleyAmanda Ripley, author of "The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America,” will speak on how Watertown came to have this distinction June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Sturtz Theater at Jefferson Community College. Read article here.

The event is free and sponsored by the United Way of NNY and WPBS.

"Ms. Ripley is nationally recognized for her ability to tackle complex subjects, conduct extensive interviews and crunch data, and then unravel her research in easy-to-digest stories." said Bob Gorman, CEO of the United Way of NNY. "Community leaders and high school and college students should take advantage of this opportunity to have Ms. Ripley show us Watertown in a new way."

In her books and magazine writing, Ripley explores the gap between public policy and human behavior. For Time and The Atlantic magazines, she has written cover stories on surviving hurricanes and plane crashes, the primacy of sports in American high schools and the science of motivating children. Ripley is the author of The Smartest Kids in the World – and How They Got That Way, a New York Times bestseller. Her book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why, was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Politico, the Wall Street Journal and the Times of London. Ripley has appeared on ABC, NBC, CNN, FOX News and NPR. She has spoken at the Pentagon, the U.S. Senate, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as conferences on leadership, public policy and education.

Ripley was graduated from Cornell University and lives in Washington, D.C.

23 May 2019