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CAREN ZUCKER

Caren Zucker is a journalist and Emmy Award television producer who has reported on a broad range of subjects both domestically and internationally. As a producer for ABC’s World News and Nightline, working alongside Peter Jennings, Charlie Gibson, and Diane Sawyer, she covered economic summits, presidential campaigns, social trends, and the Olympic Games. She was the
producer and co-writer of PBS NewsHour series Autism Now. Her oldest son Mickey’s autism diagnosis inspired a new direction in her reporting: to bring a better understanding of autism’s realities. Zucker and her husband, NBC Sports Producer John McGuinness, have three children and reside in New Jersey As two journalists with a personal connection to autism, they aim to inspire acceptance of and support for people on the spectrum by telling their stories with honesty and compassion. The two most recently won an Emmy Award for their story “A Different Kind of Boyhood”, airing on ABC’s Nightline they reported on the lives of two autistic boys over 15 years as they grew into young men.

JOHN DONVAN

John Donvan is a broadcaster and writer, whose bestselling book, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. He is also host of the Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, which are heard on public radio and by podcast. During his journalism career at ABC, CNN and PBS, John has served as chief White House correspondent, and held multiyear postings in London, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Amman, Jordan. He is the winner of four Emmys and the Overseas Press Club Award. An occasional story teller with the live onstage program, Story District, John became interested in autism’s impact on families upon meeting his wife, physician and medical school professor Ranit Mishori, who grew up in Israel with a brother profoundly affected by autism. He has two children and lives in Washington, D.C. John and his longtime colleague, and co- author Caren Zucker, have been collaborating on stories about autism since 2000. At ABC, they created the pioneering series Echoes of Autism, the first regular feature segment in network news devoted to understanding the lives of individuals and families living with autism. Their 2010 article in The Atlantic, “Autism’s First Child,” was shortlisted for the National Magazine Award.

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