Betsy Klein, B.A. 2012

White House Producer and Reporter, CNN, Washington, DC

B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Visual + Media Studies minor, Markets & Management certificate (2012)

How has being a Cultural Anthropology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"The cultural anthropology program was a strong foundation for a career in journalism, though I might not have realized it when I was a student and contemplating my future. I learned to think critically, observe, ask questions, read and synthesize enormous amounts of information, and write clearly and concisely, all skills I use every day in my current job covering the Biden administration. Personally, it made me a more open-minded person and expanded my world view."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Cultural Anthropology programs?

"Don't feel limited by Cultural Anthropology as you consider your professional future -- there are so many things you can do with the tools you acquire. The CulAnth program is an excellent path for someone considering a career in journalism -- and many other paths. Take full advantage of the range of classes available that can prepare you for professional success but also personal fulfillment. A CulAnth class I took in food writing was instrumental in developing my writing skills - but I also learned a great recipe for biscuits. A class I took on genomics and ethics has attuned me to the ethical and cultural issues of DNA sequencing. A class on advertising and society opened my eyes to the different types of marketing and messaging across the globe - something I look out for whenever I'm traveling abroad for work. I've long said that this program not only prepared me for my professional pursuits, it also made me a more interesting guest at a dinner party."

Betsy Klein