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Kurt Pitzer '84

Kurt Pitzer ’84 is an author, journalist and film producer. As a journalist he has covered some of the world’s most turbulent regions, including the Balkans, the Middle East and Afghanistan, for national magazines and newspapers. During the fall of Baghdad in 2003, he helped the Iraqi scientist Dr. Mahdi Obeidi escape to the U.S. and turn over Saddam Hussein’'s remaining nuclear secrets. He and Obeidi co-wrote The Bomb in My Garden (Wiley, 2005), which was optioned by Johnny Depp’s production company. In 2007, Pitzer was the recipient of the prestigious Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize for a collaboration with Canadian photographer Roger LeMoyne on a project entitled, "After War," exploring the legacy of conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

Pitzer's book, Eating with the Enemy (St. Martin's Press, May 2010), tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a New Jersey restaurant owner and a North Korean ambassador. He is co-producing a movie version of the book with Robert DeNiro's company, Tribeca Films, for HBO Films. Former Sopranos star James Gandolfini is attached to play the lead. The development deal will see Gandolfini portray a Hackensack restaurant owner who forges a relationship with a North Korean Mission in Upper Manhattan.

In 2013 Pitzer produced the independent feature film Runoff (formerly known as Cantuckee) with his wife, Kimberly Levin, who wrote and directed the film. Runoff premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

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  • Autumn Rabe Richards ’97 and James Richards ’97 were married in Vivian Webb Chapel.

    Webb Sweethearts: Stories From Alumni Couples

    Danielle Gordon & Jessica Rice
    From high school sweethearts to alumni who were married in Vivian Webb Chapel, Webb has been the site of many romances over the years. Here are a few stories from alumni who met on Webb’s beautiful campus.
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  • Visual artist Rachel Lee Zheng '12

    Rachel Lee Zheng ’12 to Open First Solo Exhibition in NYC

    Jessica Rice ’12
    Using monofilament and LED spotlights, visual artist Rachel Lee Zheng ’12 creates large-scale installations that transform dark gallery spaces into meditative environments filled with lines and beams of color.
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  • The Week @ Webb - Together in January

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a periodic photojournal of events on and off Webb's campus. Did it feel like January lasted 31,000 days instead of just 31? I know that for me, it's important to spend as much time as I can with other people when life gets really busy. We all do better when we surround ourselves with friends and family and that's what I tried to capture in this latest gallery.
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  • Webb Completes CAIS/WASC Accreditation Process

    Taylor Stockdale
    Taking stock. This is how it begins—simply though completely. After more than a year of planning, gathering data, meeting, discussing, writing and rewriting—and after a four-day campus stay by our CAIS/WASC visiting committee (California Association of Independent Schools / Western Association of Schools and Colleges)—the evaluation work is done. 
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