Monday, February 8, 2021

Yvonne Latty (TSOA '84, GSAS '90), Journalist, Author and Producer

 

Yvonne Latty

Yvonne Latty (TSOA '84, GSAS '90) is the Director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She has produced documentaries, hosted, produced and edited podcasts and worked as an urban newspaper reporter. Her work has appeared in USA Today, Chicago Sun Times, BET.com, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and numerous other media outlets. She has been featured in over 100 media outlets including, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Times, CNN International, Fox News, NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press.

She is the author of In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive and the critically acclaimed We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq.

What did you study at NYU?

My BFA is in Film/Television and my MA is in Journalism.

You are an alumna of both GSAS and Tisch. Can you speak about how your dual degrees have shaped your career?

I always loved to write and loved old black and white films, was a big Alfred Hitchcock fan and was addicted to TV. I originally wanted to study dramatic writing, but fell in love with directing in a television production class. But at the time, Black and LatinX directors were scarce and I was a first generation college graduate with no connections, so that dream died fast. Every production assistant job I got ended up with me watching the food table and nowhere near production.

Yvonne Latty: her story continues