Anna Quindlen to Deliver 2019 Commencement Address
Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen is the speaker at The Spence School’s 122nd Commencement ceremony. Quindlen is the author of several critically acclaimed books; her work has appeared in some of America’s most influential newspapers, magazines and prominent fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists.
Even before blogs existed, she was the go-to writer for millions of readers on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life. Bringing to the stage her ability to balance the political with the personal, Quindlen’s work covers every aspect of our culture from work–life balance and education to healthcare, philanthropy, and social justice.
Twelve of Quindlen’s books, including seven of her novels, have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list. One True Thing became a feature film starring Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep, and Black and Blue was made into a TV movie. Quindlen’s book, A Short Guide to A Happy Life, sold well over one million copies.
One of the top “100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States of the Last 100 Years,” Quindlen began her career at age 18 as a copy girl. She spent three years as a reporter for The New York Post before moving to The New York Times in 1977. Working her way up The Times’ masthead, Quindlen wrote the “About New York” column, served as deputy metropolitan editor, and created the weekly “Life in the 30’s” column. Quindlen’s New York Times column, “Public and Private” was applauded for her direct and insightful commentary on everything from politics to the every day. Quindlen also spent 10 years writing the “Last Word” column for Newsweek. The Spence School and the Class of 2019 students and their families look forward to welcoming Quindlen to Spence and to this year’s Commencement ceremony.