The Journalism & Women Symposium is pleased to announce that the 2011 Eileen Shanahan speaker will be Diana B. Henriques. Diana is a senior financial writer at The New York Times and the author of The Wizard of Lies, a book about the Bernie Madoff scandal. She has largely specialized in investigative reporting on white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance.
Diana will be speaking at 2011 JAWS CAMP (Conference and Mentoring Project) on September 24 in Asheville, N.C. The Shanahan speaker is presented in honor of newswoman Eileen Shanahan. Eileen was a world-class journalist, champion of social justice and founding director of JAWS. Her achievements as a reporter and editor are legendary. She bulldozed past the obstacles of gender with relentless energy and commitment and is remembered as a dear friend and mentor for many JAWS members.
Diana is creating her own legend as a tough investigative reporter covering white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance. She was a member of a reporting team that was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2003 for its coverage of the aftermath of the Enron scandals. She was also a member of a team that won a 1999 Gerald Loeb Award for covering the near-collapse of Long Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose troubles rocked the financial markets in September 1998. In the aftermath of Sept. 11 she worked with her colleague at The Times, David Barstow, in covering the management of billions of dollars in charity and victim assistance as part of the paper’s award-winning section, “A Nation Challenged.” She also chronicled the fate of Cantor Fitzgerald, the Wall Street firm that suffered the largest death toll in the World Trade Center attacks.
Diana is proudest of her 2004 series exposing the exploitation of American military personnel by financial service companies. Her work prompted legislative reform and cash reimbursements for tens of thousands of defrauded service members, drawing recognition and thanks from military lawyers and families across the country. For that series, she was a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 and received a George Polk Award, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Worth Bingham Prize.