Artis Henderson

Class Year: 

2002
Hometown: Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA

Language: 

French

The Huntsman Program gave Artis an early fascination for international cultures and a special affinity for the developing world. During her time at Penn, she explored best practices in international development and examined the role international trade plays in world economies.

After graduation, she spent a year in Paris before returning to the States to work on foreign policy and immigration for a U.S. senator. During her time at the senator's office, she met the man who was to become her husband, a pilot in the U.S. Army. Unfortunately, he was killed in Iraq just four months after their marriage.

Following her husband's death, Artis rekindled her passion for foreign affairs, and she attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied foreign reporting. After graduation, she received an assignment to the Associated Press bureau in Dakar, Senegal to report on events in West Africa. Artis has earned awards for both her journalism and personal essays, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Gulfshore Business, and the literary journal Common Ties. Her first book, about her husband’s death in the Iraq war, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. You are welcome to read samples of her work at artishenderson.com.