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Kofu Fosu Forson
Jose Antonio Vargas
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
I remember my mother's nightgown, white with tiny pink flowers, fell loosely from her body as she huddled over me. As I tried to walk closer to peer underneath the car, my mother shouted, "Don't look. I don't want you to remember Diamond like this." I didn't listen. My mother was right: the last image forever etched into my mind is our cat Diamond hanging by her neck. Diamond died that day in 1986. But I remember that day as significant for another reason. It's one of the few memories I have of my mother trying to protect me.
Ruthie Ackerman is a senior consultant in Global Philanthropy at the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and an award-winning journalist focusing on the intersection of women, business and politics. She received a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting fellowship for her work documenting the lives of Liberian youth after the 14-year civil war. Her reporting from the Pulitzer fellowship was featured in numerous publications and a short documentary she produced and directed on that trip premiered on Foreign Exchange.
More recently, Ruthie was an International Reporting Project Fellow in 2010 reporting from Lebanon and Jordan on how young people in the Middle East are using technology to push for social change.
Her work has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, The Nation, The New York Times, World Policy Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Fast Company, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hartford Courant, and many more publications.