Amanda Ripley

Time

Amanda is an investigative journalist for Time, The Atlantic and other magazines. She is the author of “The Smartest Kids in the World -- And How They Got That Way,” a 2013 New York Times bestseller. Her first book, “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes -- And Why,” was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary. Amanda's work has also appeared in Slate, The Wall Street Journal and the Times of London. Before joining Time in 2000, Amanda covered the D.C. courts for Washington City Paper and Capitol Hill for Congressional Quarterly.

Walt Whitman High School: March 5, 2009