Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Maureen Orth

Maureen Orth is an award winning journalist, author and a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Magazine. She began her career as the third woman writer at Newsweek, became a Senior Editor for New York and New West Magazines, a correspondent for NBC News and has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal Magazine and Vogue among others.

In the sixties she served as a Peace Corps community development volunteer in Medellin, Colombia, where she helped build a school named for her, Escuela Marina Orth. Today the Marina Orth Foundation has brought a unique public-private partnership program to three schools in the Medellin area, including Escuela Marina Orth, where 1200 children are able to have their own laptop computers, learn English and practice leadership skills.

Orth is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where she currently serves as a trustee of the Berkeley Foundation. She received her masters degree in journalism and documentary film from UCLA. For the Peace Corps 50th anniversary this year she has produced a series of short "video postcards" showcasing the work of volunteers past and present, worldwide.