Helene Cooper

New York Times Pentagon Correspondent Speaks on Campus

By Mary Milligan

Helene Cooper, author and journalist for The New York Times, visited Hood College this week, and as a communications student, it was fascinating to see the insight she provided.

I was fortunate enough to sit with Cooper for dinner. She was very attentive to all of the students and faculty sitting with her. She engaged everyone in conversation, talking about what we do, as well as what we hope to do in the future.

One of my concerns with President Trump was his language with the media, and how that might affect me upon entering the field. Cooper, however, reassured me that they have been finding his attacks on the press humorous.

As we discussed her book, surrounding the first woman president in Liberia, she told us what is was like essentially being on the campaign trail (campaigning only lasts for two months!) and people forgetting sometimes that she was a journalist. She reassured us that she was not trying to be malicious or ever pretended not to be a journalist; people were just so used to her that they would often just continue to talk.

For any other student interested by journalism, I would highly encourage you to talk to someone of Cooper’s caliber, and to take advantage of the speakers coming to campus.

Cooper has been a reporter for more than 25 years. She has worked for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She has covered several international events including the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and she Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014.

Helene Cooper Interview

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