5 Questions 4: Thacher Smith ‘20

What media outlets does L10 News’ Executive Director of Content and Development Thacher Smith ’20 rely on for his news? Who would he most like to interview for the show? And what talent does he wish he had? Find out this and more in 5 Questions 4.
Other than L10 and The Lawrence (of course!), what media outlet do you watch/read/listen to most?
I've been a daily reader of the news site Axios for about a year now because of their consistent focus on helping readers maintain informed opinions. The lofty example set by the journalists at Axios has certainly helped to shape my own career as a journalist at L10.
What has been your favorite Lawrenceville class thus far?
While many classes come to mind, I thoroughly enjoyed the public policy class that I took with [History Master] Mr. [Regan] Kerney this past winter. Aside from the fact that the class was almost entirely discussion based, which really helped me grow as a speaker, we focused on topics that were far more current than those covered by my other classes. The course felt incredibly valuable when I found myself coming to class to discuss the topics that I would read about in the next day's news.
If you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere, where would you go?
Thanks to the Welles Grant I was awarded earlier this year, I actually have the opportunity to go on an all-expenses-paid trip this summer, where I will travel across the country from San Francisco to Chicago on one of the only surviving long-distance train routes in the country.
The documentary I am producing will focus on the impact of rail travel on rural and geographically removed Americans in the towns where the train stops, which I plan to visit throughout my journey. With interviews currently lined up with local mayors, Amtrak executives, DOT employees, and members of Congress, the film will shed light on the importance of rail travel as an often overlooked aspect of the American experience.
Who would you most like to interview for L10?
While he would not necessarily fall within the usual scope of our reporting, as both a journalist and first-time voter, I would jump at the opportunity to interview South Bend Mayor and 2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg. While Lawrenceville students fall across the political spectrum, I believe that we could all benefit from being better informed about the current political landscape.
What’s one talent that you’d like to have?
Somehow throughout my time at Lawrenceville, I have never learned how to ice skate. It's certainly a talent I'd like to pick up sooner rather than later to avoid the barrage of jokes at the next Invite-a-House.
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.

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