Distinguished Alum Joins Council of Foreign Relations

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Mirta Ojito, a former Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Alumna, has been accepted into the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Mirta Ojito

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher. Founded in 1921, its mission is to be “a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries,” according to the council’s website.

Ojito joins nearly 4,700 members and term members on the council. Members include Brian Williams, Fareed Zakaria, Angelina Jolie, Chuck Hagel and Erin Burnett.

Ojito, now an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, left her native Cuba under the Castro regime and came to the United Stated in 1980 on the Mariel boatlift. She enrolled in Miami Dade College and became a member of the Omicron Tau Chapter.

Upon graduation, Ojito transferred to Florida Atlantic University on a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and received her master’s degree from Columbia University. She is author of Finding Mañana, a memoir of her childhood in Cuba, the Mariel boatlift and her life in the U.S.

Ojito worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald before joining The New York Times, where she shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the series “How Race is Lived in America.” Ojito was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Distinguished Alumna in 2006 and currently serves as a Trustee of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.