BuzzFeed Managing Editor Kate Nocera ’01 Speaks to Williston Journalism Class

With the aid of Skype, Matt Liebowitz’s journalism class spoke to Kate Nocera ’01, from her Washington, D.C., office where she’s managing editor of BuzzFeed News. Last Friday, as Republicans in Congress were about to invoke the “nuclear option” to facilitate the confirmation of Pres. Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Nocera took a break from the hectic day to answer questions from students.

Ava Yates ’17 asked Nocera about her involvement in journalism while she was a student at Williston. Nocera answered that she was more about fiction writing then. Ellie Wolfe ’19 asked if sources took BuzzFeed seriously. Cat jokes aside, Nocera responded, readers respect the award-winning international coverage BuzzFeed provides (this year the site was nominated for a Pulitzer for international reporting). Mr. Liebowitz asked how she got her start. Nocera described her beginnings in journalism as a beat reporter for the New York Daily News covering cops, courts, and school committee meetings.

As her career progressed, she worked for Politico, and in 2013, moved to BuzzFeed. Nocera is a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.

Her favorite part of the job? Access. “I can walk up to any member of Congress and ask them anything I want.”

Williston Delegates Receive Awards at Model UN Conference

Keyu Lu '20, Sophie Little '19, Josh Calianos '18, and Reilly Gluz '19 after the Model UN meet
Keyu Lu ’20, Sophie Little ’19, Josh Calianos ’18, and Reilly Gluz ’19 after the Model UN meet

A Model UN conference at Choate Rosemary Hall last weekend considered the topic of nuclear vulnerability. History and global studies teacher Andrew Syfu took 25 Williston students to the meet, which addressed subjects such as nuclear nonproliferation, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and nuclear energy and climate change. Four of our delegates received awards, including the best delegate, which is the top honor of the event.  Congratulations!

Sophie Little '19 preps for the conference
Sophie Little ’19 prepped for the conference last week.

Honorable mention delegate

  • Reilly Gluz ’19 (Afghanistan—Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference)
  • Sophie Little ’19 (Armenia—Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference)

Outstanding delegate

  • Keyu Lu ’20 (Australia—Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference for beginners)

Best delegate

  • Josh Calianos ’18 (India—United Nations Security Council on the Iran Nuclear Deal)

Math Students Head to Yale University for Competition

Mathletes get ready for the competition at Yale.
Mathletes get ready for the competition at Yale.

Twelve Williston Mathletes headed to Yale University this weekend to participate in the MMATHs competition

The two Williston teams of six competed in individual and team rounds, as well as a round where they worked collaboratively with students from other schools. Williston’s Steven Wang ’20 came in third place out of 140 competitors. Congratulations to all!

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