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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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John Donvan



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Mr. Donvan is sponsored by the Helios Education Foundation

John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News, and host and mod­erator of the Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, which are heard on public radio and by podcast. During his journalism career, in addition to anchoring such broadcasts as ABC’s “Nightline,” John served as chief White House correspondent, and held multiyear postings in London, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Amman, Jordan. He is the winner of three Emmys and the Overseas Press Club Award. He became interested in autism’s impact on families upon meeting his wife, the physician and medical school professor Ranit Mishori, who grew up in Israel with a brother profoundly affected by autism. John also performs as a live storyteller with the group Story District. He has two children and lives in Washington, DC.

As a team, Donvan and 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 and appeared in the paperback anthology “Best Magazine Writing of 2011.” Zucker also pro­duced the series “Autism Now” for the PBS NewsHour. 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. Their latest book is entitled "In a Different Key: The Story of Autism."


Scheduled events:
The Story of Autism
Donvan and Zucker discuss their groundbreaking and fascinating look at the history of identifying, treating and caring for those with autism spectrum disorder.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 304, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Donvan, Caren Zucker
Moderator: Jennifer Casteix
Autism Up To Now
The panel shares their perspectives on where we began as a nation in caring for those with autism and their families, and their thoughts on the future.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 304, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Donvan, John Elder Robison, Caren Zucker
Moderator: Sydney Rice, MD

Book:
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism
Science / Medicine / Technology
Broadway Books
January 2017
ISBN 9780307985705
Paperback, 688 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
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Arizona Daily Star
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Tucson Medical Center

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