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Oral history interview with Jane M. Mayer [electronic resource], 2013.

Creator: Mayer, Jane M., 1955-
Project: Rule of law oral history project
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Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Staff Writer, The New Yorker.

Scope and Contents

Born: 1955, New York, NY. Education: BA, Yale University, 1977. Career: stringer, Time magazine; reporter, The Weathersfield Weekly, Rutland Herald, The Black River Tribune, The Washington Star; political reporter and White House correspondent, The Wall Street Journal; staff writer, The New Yorker. Reminiscences: notable family members, including grandfather Allan Nevins; early education in ethics and history at Ethical Culture Fieldston School; study abroad in England as high school senior; experiences and influences at Yale University; decision to become a journalist; experiences working at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Star; reporting in Washington, D.C. on 9/11; first stories written following 9/11; writing Landslide; reporting in West Berlin when Berlin Wall fell; writing Strange Justice with Jill Abramson; discussion with Arthur Schlesinger about torture under George W. Bush administration. Discussions: Ronald Reagan administration; Iran-Contra Affair; sexism at The Wall Street Journal; working and writing for The New Yorker; decision to begin writing The Dark Side; discovering the SERE [Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape] program; American Psychological Association and BSCTs [Behavioral Science Consultation Teams] roles in Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] interrogations; research processes and key characters in The Dark Side; Bush administration's War Council; influence of other books on The Dark Side; Bush administration's use of rendition in Sweden; public reaction to The Dark Side; Obama administration's policies on CIA black sites and torture; James Risen and Obama administration's relationship with journalists; importance of facts and ethics in modern Washington and digital age; significance of Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture and interrogation; repercussions of Obama administration's failure to release Uighur prisoners from Guantánamo; trip to Guantánamo.

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