The Broadsheet: April 19th

April 19, 2016, 11:48 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Women pick up a pack of Pulitzers, Twitter’s new head of China has already outraged the Twitteratti, and Samantha Bee is more zen than I’ll ever be. Have a productive Tuesday.


 Women winners. A big congratulations to the many female journalists who have been named as 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners. The long list of awardees includes the New York Times' Alissa J. Rubin, who won for her international reporting work in Afghanistan; The Boston Globe's Farah Stockman for her columns on the legacy of busing in Boston; the New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz for her feature on the potential for a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest; and one of my all-time favorite writers, New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum, for television reviews "written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness of her analysis." Well deserved!


Running things. And congrats to Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia, who won the women's division of yesterday's Boston Marathon, and Adrianne Haslet, a professional dancer who lost a leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and finished the race on a prosthetic this year. This year's race also celebrated Roberta Gibb, who, 50 years ago, was the first woman to finish.

Testing the (blood) tester. Theranos confirmed yesterday that it is under multiple investigations. Federal prosecutors are examining whether the blood-testing company misled government officials, while the SEC is looking into whether the firm, led by Elizabeth Holmes, made deceptive statements to investors when it solicited funding. WSJ

 Chen's controversy. Kathy Chen, Twitter's new chief for China, is already stirring up controversy. Given that the social media site is blocked by the Chinese government, some users are outraged by her background, which includes a stint in the Chinese military and another position that had ties to the country’s powerful domestic security ministry. New York Times

 Her moment of zen. When Jon Stewart announced that he was leaving The Daily Show, Samantha Bee, who was the longest-tenured correspondent on the show, wasn't offered the seat behind Stewart's desk. While some fans are still fuming about the decision, Bee says she is “very zen” about being passed over.  Fortune

 You're fired? Real Simple managing editor Kristin van Ogtrop, whose son recently told his teacher that van Ogtrop "fires people" for a living, manages to find the  humor—and pathos—in balancing the "three-legged stool of career, motherhood and marital success." Time

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: has appointed Sara El-Amine as the founding executive director of its new global charitable foundation.


Write or wrong? Christina Baker Kline, author of New York Times bestseller Orphan Train, writes about why, despite her opposition to HB2, "the most sweeping anti-LGBT law in the country," she plans to go ahead with her book tour events in North Carolina. Fortune

 Taking on Trump. Veteran GOP operative Cheri Jacobus has filed a defamation suit against Donald Trump and his campaign manager over statements they made that portrayed her as a spurned job-seeker nursing a grudge. Politico

 Banking while female. The UK's Financial News finds that 65% of those polled in its annual Women in Finance survey said that being female had hindered their chances of having a successful career.  Financial News

 Jill on Hill. Jill Abramson, former editor of the New York Times and co-author of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, weighs in "Confirmation," the new HBO movie about Thomas' confirmation hearings. Her take: The film is accurate. Fortune

 A survivor's tale. Carol Sawdye, CFO of PwC, writes about being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease at 25 and how that experience shaped her ideas about the importance of risk. Future Startup

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‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star Doris Roberts dies at 90 WSJ

If we had parental leave, our sons might still be alive today  USA Today

The 'girl reporter' who exposed terrors of immigration  Chicago Tribune

The poet idolized by a new generation of feminists  T Magazine


The biggest and most important personal epiphany of my life was that bouncing from man to man was not actually a path to happiness and fulfillment....But an epiphany is not an obligation. It’s an invitation. What you do with that invitation is up to you.

<em>Eat, Pray, Love</em> author Elizabeth Gilbert