Deirdre Newman 


Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

Going to Cornell gave me the courage to do anything - to take the path less traveled, so to speak. I traveled 3,000 miles to attend Cornell, from Northern California. It fostered my independence and creative spirit. I've been in SoCal since 2001, mostly working as a journalist, which brought me down here in the first place.

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

It honed my critical thinking skills. It gave me a solid, liberal arts background. It gave me resiliency enduring the Ithaca winters and walking up Libe Slope two years in a row.

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

Spending the summer in Ithaca after my senior year. I had never had the opportunity to do that before. It enabled me to just enjoy the campus and Ithaca without any pressure. I did take some classes that interested me and I worked at the Hotel School restaurant. I had such a great experience at Cornell and was so enamored with Ithaca that I did not want to leave!

I also have very fond memories of writing for the Cornell Daily Sun, working for Cornell Cinema and participating in the Cornell-in-Washington program. There was so much to partake in that I could have spent another four years there.

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

Hanging out with Keith Eisner and friends.

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

Come with an open mind, be fearless, be resilient. Creative opportunities are always flowing.


Newman is the author of:

The Alchemy of Grief: The Life Story of Dr. Jack Miller and His Creation of The Phoenix Project:


Live, Laugh, Love: The Life Story of R. W. Forsum,