Wendy L. Wilson ’96 is the news director at BET.com, the digital platform of Black Entertainment Television (owned and operated by ViacomCBS Inc.). A veteran journalist who has held senior roles at theGrio.com and Ebony and Jet magazines, among other websites and publications, Wilson has interviewed international luminaries including the first elected female head of state in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the late Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Wilson’s more recent work includes directing news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on African American communities and the nationwide protests about the use of force by police. Most recently, she interviewed Tamika Palmer, mother of slain Louisville, Kentucky EMT Breonna Taylor, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who challenged Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s timetable for reopening businesses. Wilson served as diversity chair on Skidmore’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.
David Botti ’01 was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Senior video journalist at the New York Times, he is a member of its Visual Investigations
Team, which documented Russia’s “shadow wars” — bombings, murders, bribery and disinformation
— across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Despite heavy surveillance, the team
was able to provide evidence that the Russian military had been deliberately bombing hospitals and civilians in Syria. In 2018, Botti spearheaded the visual investigation into the killing of journalist
Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi hit squad. More recently, he captured the chaotic scene
after federal troops fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Washington, D.C. Botti
served in similar roles at the BBC and MSNBC.
Temen Kim ’19 is co-founder of Town to Table, a company that provides access to the latest hydroponic container farming technology and operates its own commercial-scale farm that supplies produce to schools, restaurants and nonprofits. The Brookline, Mass., native partnered with co-founder and childhood friend Jack Levine, a Clark alumnus who interned at the school’s Freight Farm (the container system pioneered by Dan Marino ’06). Both drew upon their college experience to establish a mission and business model. Kim, who designs curricula to support the company’s teaching partnerships with nonprofits and schools, developed and taught lessons in sustainable agriculture at Saratoga High for an environmental studies course. His internship at Saratoga Bridges inspired the company’s ongoing partnership with Seven Hills, a Massachusetts agency serving adults with disabilities. All along the way, he received encouragement from Skidmore faculty, including Sheldon Solomon, Hope Casto and A.J. Schneller. “They supported me before I knew I needed support,” Kim says.
Andrew Rubin ’90 is senior vice president of clinical and hospital affairs/ambulatory care at NYU Langone Health, where he manages its ambulatory network of over 3,300 physicians and a budget of more than $2 billion. Previously the youngest dean at the NYU School of Medicine, he has been instrumental in the hiring of 20 Skidmore graduates at Langone and currently has 12 alumni on his corporate team. An expert in the business of health care, he offers free, nonpartisan advice for consumers trying to navigate the complexities of the U.S. health care system on his Twitter feed @rubinhealth and on HealthCare Connect, a weekly radio show on SiriusXM. As the COVID-19 virus swept through New York City, Rubin opted to share in the risk undertaken by his colleagues caring for patients on the front lines of the pandemic. He volunteered to participate in a Phase I vaccine trial. (Follow his progress on Twitter).