John Donvan

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John Donvan is a multiple Emmy Award-winning Nightline correspondent with a long career in journalism. Prior to serving as a regular correspondent to Nightline, he was the Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News. He is the moderator for Intelligence Squared US Debates, heard on NPR stations, and has also performed on stage, starring in his truth-based one man show, Lose the Kid. In 2010, Donovan and award-winning television news producer Caren Zucker co-wrote a piece for Atlantic magazine, “Autism’s First Child”, which was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. The duo most recently won an Emmy award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the story “A Different Kind of Boyhood,” which aired on Nightline. In a Different Key: The Story of Autism (Crown) Donvan and Zucker tell the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism—by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different.