New York/Nation, Director
Yvonne Latty is the Director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at the Institute. Her award winning documentary “Sacred Poison” on the effects of uranium contamination in Navajo Nation has been screened all over the world.
Latty is the author of In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive (Polipoint Press 2006) and the critically acclaimed We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq (Harper Collins/Amistad 2004).
She worked for the Philadelphia Daily News for 13 years where she was an award winning reporter specializing in urban issues. Latty was featured in two History Channel’s Documentaries, Honor Deferred and the Emmy award winner A Distant Shore: African Americans at D-Day.
Born and raised in New York City, she earned a BFA in Film/Television and later an MA in Journalism from New York University. Her nonfiction short stories have been published in It’s A Girl:Women Writers On Raising Daughters, (Seal 2006) The African American History Bibliography (Oxford Press 2008) and Callaloo, the premier African-American literary magazine.
In Conflict was turned into a theater piece that premiered at Temple University in October 2007, received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was awarded The Fringe First Award. In Conflict played Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater. In Conflict was also at the heart of a Wilton, Conn. high school play that after being banned by the school principal, became an international story and was then performed in several Off- Broadway theaters, including The Public Theater.
Both plays were published by Playscripts in June 2008.
Latty is a Dart Fellow for Journalism and Trauma and a Leeway Foundation Fellow. She a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is the Academic At Large Officer on the NAHJ board. She has lectured nationally.
Her work has appeared in USA Today, Chicago Sun Times, BET.com, The Washington Post and numerous other media outlets. She has been featured in over 100 media outlets including, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Times, CNN International, Fox News, NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press.
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