Maureen Orth, ’64 Political Science

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Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair Magazine

Maureen Orth is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. Her best-selling book, VulgarFavors, was the basis of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” She began her career as one of the first woman writers at Newsweek. Her profiles for Vanity Fair include Angela Merkel, Madonna, Vladimir Putin, and Karl Lagerfeld. Her acclaimed investigations of the charges of pedophilia against Michael Jackson and Woody Allen went viral on the internet. In 2015, her story on the Virgin Mary, “The Most Powerful Woman in the World,” was a best-selling cover for National Geographic. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Ms. Orth founded the Marina Orth Foundation in Medellin, Colombia to facilitate the teaching of STEM areas, English, and leadership in 21 public schools. The foundation’s work has helped create champion robotics teams that compete and win against the best private schools in Colombia and internationally. Ms. Orth serves as a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation. In 2016, she was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Cal Alumni Club of Washington D.C. and she received the Campanile Excellence in Achievement Award from UC Berkeley in 2021.