Alumni Impact Award: Emma Tucker ‘85

Emma Tucker ‘85 is the recipient of the UWC-USA’s 2023 Giulio Regeni Alumni Impact Award. The award honors a graduate of UWC-USA who demonstrates the values of a UWC education on a local, national, or global scale.

Beginning as a general reporter for the Financial Times in 1990 and up until her appointment as editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal last December, Emma has earned a reputation as a thoughtful and determined journalist. She is the first female editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal in its history (it was founded in 1889) and previously served as the the editor of the UK Sunday Times.  

She will be the featured speaker at UWC-USA’s graduation on May 20, 2023 at 10:30 am Mountain Time. The event will be open to the public and will be livestreamed.

She returns to the United States to work for the first time since graduating from UWC-USA in 1985. Reed Baumgarten, UWC-USA’s alumni engagement officer, feels that Emma’s accomplishments and skills make her a role model for other UWCers and journalists. “Emma brings her ability to work across cultures and differences to a role that has a significant impact on the media landscape today. A person who has hiked in the Pecos Wilderness stayed up late talking about the world with new friends in a day room, and who helped build the community we love in its earliest days is the kind of person who can continue to extend UWC values in the challenging environment of news media.”

Giulio Regeni ’07 was an Italian citizen and a doctoral student at Cambridge University in the UK. He was conducting his Ph.D. research on the formation of independent trade unions, specifically the street vendors’ union, in Egypt after the fall of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. He was in Cairo conducting field research when on January 25, 2016, the fifth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution, he disappeared. His body was found nine days later.

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