A Fireside Chat with Alum Chris Hayes at the 2023 HCHSAA Reunion

by | Jul 27, 2023 | Alum Highlights, Reunion

Speaking on Work in Media, NY Times Bestseller “Twilight of the Elites,” Time at Hunter College High School, and Diversity


New York, NY – The Hunter College High School Alumni Association (HCHSAA) kicked off their milestone 2023 Annual Reunion with a captivating fireside chat with renowned television host, journalist and NY Times bestselling author of acclaimed book “Twilight of the Elites,” Chris Hayes. The annual reunion comes as a refreshing gathering that celebrates the achievements, memories, and enduring connections of its esteemed alumnae.

As the host of “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC, Hayes has established himself as a trusted voice in journalism, tackling complex issues with clarity and depth. Recognized for his thought-provoking analysis and incisive commentary, Hayes captivated Hunter alumnae with insights from his illustrious career in addition to the current evolving landscape of media. He set a tone for the importance of journalistic integrity, and engaged guests on a thought-provoking exploration of societal dynamics and the role of individuals in effecting positive change. Moderated by well-respected Yale University graduate, educator and advisor Irving Kagan, Hayes also reflected on his formative years at Hunter College High School – sharing personal anecdotes, insights and highlighting the school’s profound influence on his intellectual and personal growth. He speaks on valuable lessons learned, habits and experiences gained during his time at Hunter College High School, and attributed the legacy as a catalyst for his future successes as a respected journalist and author. His reflections resonated with fellow alumni, evoking cherished memories and reinforcing the school’s commitment to academic excellence.

Hunter alumnae were inspired by his passion for fostering an environment that values and amplifies voices from marginalized communities, underscoring the importance of embracing diversity in all aspects of life, including the media industry. The 2023 Annual Reunion is a testament to the enduring spirit of the Hunter College High School community. Bringing together alumni from diverse backgrounds and generations, the reunion offered a unique opportunity to reconnect, network, and forge lifelong connections. Hunter alumnae had the chance to celebrate shared experiences, exchange ideas, and engage with fellow leaders like Chris Hayes who embody the school’s values of intellectual curiosity and social responsibility.

About Hunter College High School: Hunter College High School, located in New York City, is a prestigious public high school renowned for its rigorous academic curriculum and nurturing environment. With a longstanding commitment to fostering intellectual growth and cultivating leaders, Hunter College High School has produced numerous accomplished individuals across various disciplines who have made significant contributions to society.

About the Hunter College High School Alumni Association: The Hunter College High
School Alumni Association’s mission to serve, connect, engage and educate, aims to
foster lifelong connections among its diverse alumni community and provide ongoing
support for the continued success of Hunter College High School. Through events,
mentorship programs, and networking opportunities, the association facilitates
collaboration, personal growth, and professional development among its members.

Media Contact:
Elle Bryant
HCHSAA Director of Communications


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