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An audience with Ann Wroe, obituaries editor—Life, death and discovery
Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear Ann Wroe, our renowned obituaries editor, discuss one of the most widely-read sections of The Economist. Ann is one of The Economist’s most recognisable figures and her work has inspired and delighted generations of readers. Join us if you would like to find out how and why she selects her subjects and which of them have surprised her.

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Feb 4, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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Ann Wroe
Obituaries editor @The Economist
Ann Wroe is the Obituaries Editor of The Economist. After taking a first-class degree in History and a doctorate in medieval history (Oxford, 1975) she worked at the BBC World Service, covering French and Italian politics. She joined The Economist in 1976 to cover American politics, and has held the posts of Books and Arts editor (1988-1992) and US editor (1992-2000). She has edited the Obituaries page, usually writing the obituaries herself, since October 2003. She has written six books: “Lives, Lies and the Iran-Contra Affair” ; “A Fool and His Money: Life in a Partitioned Medieval Town” (based on her Oxford thesis), “Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man” (published in America as “Pontius Pilate”; shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize and the W.H. Smith award); “Perkin: A Story of Deception” (published in America as “The Perfect Prince”) ; “Being Shelley: The Poet’s Search for Himself” and “Orpheus: The Song of Life” , which won the 2012 Criticos prize.
Sacha Nauta
Public policy editor @The Economist
Sacha Nauta is the public policy editor for The Economist. She writes across the paper about societal change, looking particularly at how issues around gender and diversity are reshaping business, finance and economics as well as society at large. She previously wrote for the finance, business, international and Europe sections. Before joining The Economist, she worked at the United Nations in New York and at Her Majesty’s Treasury in London, where she worked on public spending and European budget negotiations. Ms. Nauta holds an MA/MSc in history of international relations from the LSE.