Five Things You Might Not Know About Samantha Power

Apr 12, 2014 11:19am
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Samantha Power, the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, joins George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” on Sunday to speak about her recent trip to Africa, where she confronted the memories of one genocide in Rwanda and tried to stop another from occurring in nearby Central African Republic. Here are five facts about Powers ahead of her visit:

1) She was born in Ireland and raised there until she was nine, before moving to the United States.

2) Right out of undergrad (Yale ’92), she worked as a reporter who filed from the Balkans for The Economist, The Washington Post and others.

3) She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her book, “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.” The non-fiction work details how U.S. policymakers looked away instead of acting when faced with evidence of genocide in Bosnia, Rwanda and elsewhere.

4) In 2004, she was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, due to her work in human rights.

5) She’s a big Boston Red Sox fan. She caught a Sox-Yankees game this week with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

 

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