Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent with The New York Times, discussed combating the spread of ebola and the US aid effort in Liberia, after returning from a two-week assignment covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Prior to her assignment at the Pentagon, Cooper covered the White House, was The Times’s diplomatic correspondent, and served as an assistant editorial page editor.
Cooper has reported from 64 countries, from Pakistan to the Congo. Prior to joining The Times, she worked for 12 years at the Wall Street Journal, where she served as a foreign correspondent, reporter, and editor. Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Cooper is the author of the New York Times best seller “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood”. She has appeared on Meet the Press, Washington Week, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Chris Matthews Show, and This Week, as well as twice as a clue on Jeopardy. She has received numerous award including: a Raymond Clapper award, Sandy Hume award, National Association of Black Journalists award, and an Urbino Press Award.
Elisabeth Bumiller is deputy Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, where she oversees White House and domestic policy reporting. She was a Times Pentagon correspondent from 2008 to early 2013, a period when she traveled frequently with the Secretary of Defense and embedded with the American military in Afghanistan. Bumiller previously served as White House correspondent, political reporter and City Hall bureau chief for The New York Times. She also worked for The Washington Post in Washington, New Delhi, Tokyo and New York. In 2006 and 2007, Bumiller was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She has published three books, the most recent of which was Condoleezza Rice: An American Life. She serves on the WFPG Board of Directors.