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Suleika Jaouad

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Dec 16, 2021

Suleika Jaouad (/sˈlkə əˈwɑːd/soo-LAY-kə jə-WAHD;[1]Arabic: سليكة جواد) is an American writer, advocate, and motivational speaker.[2] She is the author of the ‘Life, Interrupted’ column in the New York Times and has also written for Vogue, Glamour, NPR’s All Things Considered and Women’s Health.

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Suleika Jaouad
Born (1988-07-05) July 5, 1988 (age 33)

Nationality American
Education Princeton University
Partner(s) Jon Batiste

When Jaouad was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, doctors said she had only a 35% chance of surviving in the long-run.[3] She survived and subsequently writes and speaks extensively about her medical experiences. Her Emmy Award-winning column, “Life, Interrupted” was part of the New York Times Well blog.[4]

Jaouad has been in a committed relationship with musician Jon Batiste for more than ten years.[1]

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Jaouad was born July 5, 1988 in New York City to a Tunisian father and a Swiss mother. In 2010, she graduated from Princeton University where she majored in Near Eastern Studies and double minored in Gender Studies and French. During her time at Princeton, Jaouad worked on various human rights campaigns for the Center for Constitutional Rights, Oxfam and the African Union. She studied abroad in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt where she researched and wrote about women’s issues.[citation needed] She travels around the US teaching writing and wellness workshops and she speaks at high schools, universities, hospitals, corporations, fund-raisers and professional events. Jaouad has been featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, NBC’s Weekend Today, CBS News, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Times and Darling magazine, among others.[5] Her TED Talk titled “What almost dying taught me about living” was released in June 2019.[6]

  • Between Two Kingdoms (2020)[1]
  1. Jaouad, Suleika (2020). Between Two Kingdoms. Random House. ISBN 978-0-399-58858-7. OCLC 1105148693.
  2. Horgan, Richard (3 October 2013). “Suleika Jaouad’s Life Joyfully Interrupted by Emmy Awards”. Adweek. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. “Jon Batiste Girlfriend, Is He Married Amid Gay Rumors? Answer’s Here”. LIVERAMPUP. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  4. “AAMC 2014: ‘Life, Interrupted’ author Suleika Jaouad gives a voice to oncology tweens”. uofuhealth.utah.edu. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  5. “Life Resumes: Looking Ahead With Suleika Jaouad”. NPR.org. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  6. Jaouad, Suleika (April 2019). “What almost dying taught me about living”. TED. Retrieved 1 July 2019.

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