Carole Radziwill on journalism, writing, and television

Carole Radziwill, who covered international and domestic stories for ABC News, delivers URI’s Amanpour Lecture Oct. 24


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Carole Radziwill shares her experiences as a journalist, best-selling author, and longtime cast member of Bravo’s drama-based reality show, “The Real Housewives of New York City,” when she delivers the University of Rhode Island’s 11th annual Christiane Amanpour Lecture Oct. 24, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Edwards Hall.

Radziwill began her career at ABC News as a journalist working for Peter Jennings. She was part of the coveted documentary unit, “Peter Jennings Reporting,” covering groundbreaking domestic stories, as well as, foreign stories in Haiti, India, and Cambodia. She traveled extensively on the Thai-Cambodian border, reporting and filming in refugee camps and with Khmer Rouge soldiers for the award-winning documentary “From the Killing Fields.” She was stationed in Israel during the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and traveled with Israeli military personnel filming the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s SCUD missile attacks. In 2001, she spent a month embedded with the 101st Airborne Division in Kandahar during the U.S. led war in Afghanistan, creating the ABC documentary series “Profiles from the Front Line.”

She reported for “World News Tonight” and produced stories for the magazine shows “20/20,” “Primetime Live,” and “Day One,” including the story of a Vietnam Veteran’s anti-landmine campaign in Cambodia which earned Radziwill the first of three EMMY awards she would receive for a career that spanned fourteen years. Her later work earned her a Robert F. Kennedy Humanitarian Award and a GLAAD Award.

Carole Radziwill
Carole Radziwill
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Her 2005 memoir, “What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love,” recounts her childhood in upstate, N.Y., her journalism career, and her husband’s cancer diagnosis, illness and death. The book spent twenty weeks on the New York Times list and is a national bestseller. Radziwill followed up that success with the novel, “The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating.”

Today she is widely recognized for her role on Bravo’s, “Real Housewives of New York City,” in which she established herself as the “voice of reason” on the drama-filled reality show. Her expansive body of work is evidence of her ability to share her journey in life with humor, kindness, and insight.

In addition to her professional achievements, Radziwill received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the City University of New York’s Hunter College and a master of business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She was also a finalist for the John C. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.


Christiane Amanpour
Christiane Amanpour
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The Christiane Amanpour Lecture is endowed by and named for the 1983 URI alumna and 1995 honorary degree recipient. She is chief international anchor for CNN and host of its award-winning, flagship global affairs program Amanpour, as well as Amanpour & Co. which airs on PBS in the United States. Launched in 2008, the speaker series brings well-respected journalists to campus each year.