Robin Gaby FisherDirector, Newance

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Robin Gaby Fisher is a nationally recognized journalist and the director of the journalism program at Rutgers Newark.

A Pulitzer Prize winner and two time feature writing finalist and New York Times bestselling author, she has written eleven non-fiction books, including “After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival,” “The Boys of the Dark, A Story of Betrayal and Redemption in the Deep South,” “The Woman Who Wasn’t There,” and “Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life’s Darkest Hours,” the story of the teacher who saved her first graders during the Sandy Hook massacre. Her most recent book, The Gift of our Wounds, received a starred review from Booklist, which called it, “Inspiring … gives readers hope that the next generation can do much to heal America’s great divide.”

Fisher is a career journalist who chooses stories about ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances. She was the recipient of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard’s Fairness in Newspapers award for her newspaper series about an inner city alternative school.

At Rutgers, she teaches narrative journalism and developed the idea for NewAnce as an ongoing project for her Newsroom Workshop class.