Ep. 17 – Author and Journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Writes About Heroic Women in War-Torn Countries


In coming up with a catchy title for this podcast, I found it impossible to pithily describe what my guest, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, does for a living. She’s a bestselling author of Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (2015) and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (2011) An on-air contributor to CNN. A journalist for such publications The New York TimesThe Financial Times, and Newsweek, Daily Beast. A Fulbright scholar and graduate of Harvard Business School. A former executive at a global investment firm. A fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank. A TED Talker. And a mom of 3.

That's a lot to juggle but, as she describes it, the one common thread that holds all her livelihoods together is writing stories about “friendship, sisterhood, love, war, danger, and risking your own safety for the cause of something bigger.” The same might be said for her own career. She’s been shot at in Syria and abandoned in Afghanistan, but she keeps going back and finding people and stories that make an impact in the world.