Journalist, Emerson Senior Fellow; Author, The Smartest Kids in the World
Amanda Ripley is a journalist and author. Her most recent book, The Smartest Kids in the World—and How They Got That Way, was a New York Times best-seller, and her first book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes—and Why, was turned into a PBS documentary. Ripley has written cover stories for The Atlantic and Time Magazine on the primacy of sports in American high schools, the college of the future, and the science of motivating children. Her work has helped TIME magazine win two National Magazine Awards. She is also an Emerson Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation.