Sylvia Nasar is our author this week, a journalist born in Germany, but whose family immigrated to the US in the 1950s. She also lived in Turkey for awhile before going to school at Antioch College in Ohio and then getting her Masters at NYU.
In the 1980s, she joined Fortune magazine as a staff writer. During the 1990s, she was also an economic correspondent for the New York Times. She became a John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University, but it has since filed a lawsuit saying that the university has misdirected the funds from the endowment that are supposed to pay her salary.
She is the author of A Beautiful Mind, the biography on the Nobel Prize winning mathematician, John Nash. In 2001, a movie was made based on her novel starring Russell Crowe. The book was nominated for a Pulitzer in 1998.