Linda Feldmann, who graduated from Winchester High School in 1977, credits her Spanish and French teachers from WHS as one of the reasons she became a correspondent. Feldmann used her passion for language to build a successful career as a journalist and now serves as the Washington Bureau Chief of the Christian Science Monitor.
She now hosts the Monitor Breakfast, an event where political figures and reporters sit down for civil discussion. Some of her guests include political heavyweights like Eric Holder, Kellyanne Conway, and Nancy Pelosi. Feldmann said that it is important for students to stay news literate and know which sources they should trust.
What are you doing now? Where are you?
I am the Washington Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor. I am also White House correspondent and host Monitor newsmaker breakfasts. I live in Washington, DC, with my husband, a writer who is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail. I raised my two kids in DC, and they are now out in the world.
Has there been a recent endeavor/passion that you are proud to have accomplished or pursued?
I am proud to be the new host of Monitor breakfasts – a rare forum for civil discussion in Washington between journalists and prominent political figures. I took over in early 2018, and have hosted events with figures from across the political spectrum, from Kellyanne Conway and Larry Kudlow to Adam Schiff, Eric Holder, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I would love to have Gen. Mark Milley – a Winchester native and President Trump’s intended nominee as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Was there a moment, person or experience at WHS that you remember or that has helped you to find your passions or reach your goals?
I had many wonderful teachers at WHS – and like my good friend Catherine Arnott Smith, I have fond memories of social studies teacher Randee Martin, who approached everything she did with great spirit. I am also grateful for my French and Spanish teachers, who indulged my love of languages and let me study both! That led to my college major of Russian language and literature, study abroad in the USSR, and the life of a correspondent.
What connection, if any, do you still have to WHS or Winchester schools?
I don’t have any direct connections to Winchester schools, but my mom still lives in Winchester and I come back to visit regularly. I am also still in touch with many classmates from WHS.
Is there insight you can share with current students? A wish that you have for them?
I would tell students to study history and government and get involved in the community. Also, learn to be “news literate” — learn to distinguish between reliable, reputable news sources, and junk.
Linda Fedlmann is one of the more than 1000 Alumni registered with the recently launched Winchester Alumni Association. For more information or to join the conversation, go to WinchesterAlumni.org.