Ty McCormick ‘02 (8th Grade graduate)

In April 2021, Ty gave a talk, jointly hosted by Hartsbrook and Broadside Books in Northampton, on his recently published book, Beyond the Sand and Sea: One Family’s Quest for a Country to Call Home, which chronicles the 30-year odyssey of a family of Somali refugees.

Ty is Senior Editor at Foreign Affairs, the magazine published by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Previously, he was the Africa Editor at Foreign Policy magazine, based in Nairobi, Kenya, and reporting from across the continent. He has filed stories from more than a dozen countries in Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Ty has also written for the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesNewsweekNew Republic, and National Geographic. After finishing 8th grade at Hartsbrook, he attended Deerfield Academy, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford.