- By Ty McCormickTy McCormick is the Africa Editor at Foreign Policy. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he has reported from across much of Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to FP, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic. He was a finalist for the 2015 Kurt Schork Memorial Award for International Journalism. Ty received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and a master’s from the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar. He received a second master's degree from the Queen's University Belfast as a George J. Mitchell Scholar. In a previous life, Ty was a semi-professional baseball player in Florida, where he once blew a save against the Australian national team by walking three consecutive batters and then allowing a game-winning hit up the middle (he became a journalist soon thereafter.)
Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour is reportedly under consideration to replace Louis Susman as the next ambassador to the United Kingdom. Bloomberg reports:
Wintour, 63, may have some competition for the London posting; Matthew Barzun, finance chairman of Obama’s presidential campaign, also is interested in the job, officially known as ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, said the people, who requested anonymity when discussing possible personnel moves.
Both Wintour and Barzun were among Obama’s biggest bundlers of donations in the campaign, with each raising more than $500,000 to help re-elect the president.
If tapped for the job, the British born fashionista wouldn’t be the only envoy with, er, unusual credentials — the current U.S. ambassador to Ireland is probably best known as the former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — but she would be the first to have been mockingly portrayed by Meryl Streep in a popular film. Wintour, who is known colloquially as "Nuclear Wintour," assured CBS’s Morley Safer back in 2009 that "if sometimes one comes across as cold or brusque, it’s simply because I’m striving for the best."
It is, no doubt, all that striving that earned her the Walter Duranty Prize for journalistic mendacity this year. She and Vogue writer Joan Juliet Buck were jointly awarded the satirical prize for the 2011 cover story "Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert," which came out just as the Syrian regime began to brutally massacre its people. (The article was later scrubbed from Vogue‘s website.)
If Wintour’s British posting goes smoothly, and if Bashar al-Assad is still kicking in a few years, why not Ambassador to Syria?