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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, comes She Said (October 2019), the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.
On October 5, 2017, the New York Times published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey—and then the world changed. For months, Kantor and Twohey had been having confidential discussions with top actresses, former Weinstein employees, and other sources, learning of disturbing long-buried allegations, some of which had been covered up by onerous legal settlements. The journalists meticulously picked their way through a web of decades-old secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements, pressed some of the most famous women in the world—and some unknown ones—to risk going on the record, and faced down Weinstein, his team of high-priced defenders, and even his private investigators.
But nothing could have prepared them for what followed the publication of their Weinstein story. Within days, a veritable Pandora’s Box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened, and women who had suffered in silence for generations began coming forward, trusting that the world would understand their stories. Over the next twelve months, hundreds of men from every walk of life and industry would be outed for mistreating their colleagues. But did too much change—or not enough? Those questions plunged the two journalists into a new phase of reporting and some of their most startling findings yet.
With superlative detail, insight, and journalistic expertise, Kantor and Twohey take us for the first time into the very heart of this social shift with their new book, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement (October 2019), reliving in real-time what it took to get the story and giving an up-close portrait of the forces that hindered and spurred change.
JODI KANTOR began her journalism career at Slate.com in 1998, and four years later she became the Arts & Leisure editor of the New York Times. For six years, Ms. Kantor wrote about Barack and Michelle Obama, covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Ms. Kantor’s best-selling book, The Obamas, was published in 2012. Ms. Kantor is a contributor to This Morning on CBS.
MEGAN TWOHEY is a prize-winning investigative reporter for the New York Times who has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children. As a reporter with Reuters, she uncovered an underground network where parents gave away adopted children they no longer wanted to strangers met on the internet, and the series was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. While reporting at the Chicago Tribune, she exposed how police were shelving DNA evidence collected after sex crimes. In response to her articles, Illinois passed the first state law mandating the testing of every rape kit. Ms. Twohey is a contributor to NBC and MSNBC.