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Brent Summers, '12

Former Vermont Cynic editor-in-chief, New York Times contributor

Brent Summers, '12

Former Vermont Cynic Editor-in-Chief Brent Summers published his first solo effort on The New York Times website just after his tenure with the Cynic ended. His story “Campus Divestment Fight Resonates in the East” appeared on the Times’ environmental themed Green Blog.

This was the second time in weeks that Summers’ work appeared in some version of the Times. The week prior, he received a reporting-credit tagline on the bottom of a story by Times’ environmental writer Justin Gillis. That story appeared both in print and online.

"There is no feeling in the world like seeing your name in The New York Times,” Summers said. “I am so thrilled to have gotten this opportunity and could not have done any of this without the experience of being part of the Cynic." says Summers. "…there is no doubt that joining the Cynic was the best decision I made in college."

In his first effort for the Times, Summers contributed Vermont-centric writing to Gillis’ story about the divestment movement, which calls for institutions like the University of Vermont to end their investments in funds associated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and gas.

Gillis steered Summers toward a Times editor who helped him prepare the story for the Green Blog. Summers said he used many of the notes he’d originally taken for Gillis -- along with new reporting -- to compose the story.

Summers’ byline isn’t the only time a departing Cynic editor has reached national prominence. His predecessor, Natalie DiBlasio, began writing for USA Today while still serving as Cynic editor-in-chief. Today, she has a full-time job working for USA Today.