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Christopher Rhoads ‘81

chris rhoads 81 picEducation:

    • Groton School
    • The University of Virginia (BA in History)
    • Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University (MA in International Affairs)

Current Work:
I’m a journalist with the Wall Street Journal, where I have worked for the past 13 years, including seven years in Germany (mostly Berlin) where I covered the European economy and German diplomatic and political developments. Since 2004 I have lived in New York City, my base for covering stories ranging from the Haiti earthquake to the Greece financial crisis.

Favorite Applewild Memories:
Shoveling fresh-fallen snow from Hospital Pond for an afternoon of non-stop pond hockey in the frigid cold. Getting on the bus at the end of the day with grass stains on the corduroys from pick-up football games. Sweaty palms at the school dances – should we continue slow-dancing during the fast part of “Stairway to Heaven?”

There were so many: Hoover Sutton seemed larger than life as both headmaster and an immensely talented and dynamic drama teacher. Mrs. Holloway for fourth grade was demanding and strict, for all the right reasons. Mr. Weller for fifth grade was tough and compassionate with a subtle sense of humor. Tom Clemens got the most out of us in the classroom and on the athletic field, while introducing us to foreign cultures. Jarvis Hunt and Clarence Rabideau showed how to be smart and funny.

Applewild Impact:
It made me aware of the bigger world, both through well-taught history and language classes, as well as from memorable trips like a Tom Clemens-led biking excursion in Montreal. It instilled values that served me well, not just good study habits but respect for others.

Posted: October 4, 2010

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