City Hall bureau chief, New York Times
Cardwell, a native New Yorker, earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges in Cambridge, MA. Starting her career in journalism as an editorial assistant in 1987, she soon became an arts and entertainment editor for a variety of magazines. She landed at the New York Times Magazine in 1995 as a story editor and by 2000, was writing for the New York Times Metro section. In 2001, she moved to City Hall reporting where she covered the election of a new government, including the mayor and two-thirds of the City Council, in the wake of the 9/11 terror attack and won the Best Spot News award in 2002 from the National Association of Black Journalists. Since then, she has followed the remaking of neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the 2004 presidential election and protests at the Republican National Convention, before returning to City Hall in 2006 as bureau chief.
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