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AUStism with the Authors

AUStism with the Authors

Emmy-winning, US-based journalists, John Donvan and Caren Zucker, have been collaborating together on autism stories for 18 years however it was their bestselling book, “IN A DIFFERENT KEY: The Story of Autism”, that was honoured with a Pulitzer Prize Finalist nod last year.

Their personal connection to autism drives them to inspire acceptance of and support for people on the spectrum by telling their stories with honesty and compassion.

‘AUStism with the Authors’ gives fans of Donvan and Zucker’s brilliant work the opportunity to enjoy a longer, more intimate interview with them, in a relaxed environment where they can ask questions and join the conversation. 

They’ll be talking about how the book came to be, their experience researching and writing it, their upcoming documentary film and what drives their passion for autism awareness.  

A must attend event for anyone wanting to know more about the history of autism and what the future holds for our community.

Event Details

Wednesday 4 April 2018
One International Towers Sydney
Watermans Quay, Barangaroo Sydney
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Drinks and Light refreshments will be served

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Meet Our Speakers:

Caren Zucker is a journalist and Emmy Award winning producer who has reported on a broad range of subjects both domestically and internationally. As a producer for ABC’s World News and Nightline, working alongside Peter Jennings, Charlie Gibson, and Diane Sawyer, she covered economic summits, presidential campaigns, social trends and the Olympic Games.  She was honored for her role in ABC’s coverage of 9/11 with two of television’s most prestigious prizes, the Peabody and the Alfred L. DuPont awards. Zucker was the producer and co-writer of PBS NewsHour series Autism Now. Her oldest son Mickey’s autism diagnosis inspired a new direction in her reporting: to bring a better understanding of autism’s realities. Zucker and her husband, NBC Sports Producer John McGuinness, have three children and reside in New Jersey.

John Donvan is a veteran network correspondent for ABC, CNN and PBS, 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. The winner of four Emmys and the Overseas Press Club Award, he became interested in autism’s impact on families upon meeting his wife, a physician and medical school professor Ranit Mishori, who grew up in Israel with a brother profoundly affected by autism. He has two children and lives in Washington, D.C.

Together they published the best selling book IN A DIFFERENT KEY: The Story of Autism; they were honoured in 2017 as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Crown, January 2016).

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.

As a team, Donvan and 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. The two most recently won an Emmy Award for their story “A Different Kind of Boyhood,” airing on ABC’s Nightline, a report on the lives of two autistic boys over 15 years as they grew into young men.