October 21, 2015 – Kentucky to the World featured special guest Sharon LaFraniere with her husband Michael Wines giving us a personal look into their professional lives as eye witnesses to world events. Pam Platt moderated the event.


Sharon LaFraniere is a national investigative reporter at The New York Times. Ms. LaFraniere began writing for The Times in 2003, covering southern Africa.

She moved from Johannesburg to Beijing in early 2008 to report on China. For the past two years, she has been based in New York city.

Before joining The Times, Ms. LaFraniere was a reporter and editor for The Washington Post for 20 years. Her last assignment was to the Moscow bureau, where from 1998 to 2003 she covered the Russian region, including war zones in Chechnya and Afghanistan.

Ms. LaFraniere is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Gerald Lo

eb Award in 2013 for international reporting, The Michael Kelly Award in 2006 for her coverage of women in sub-Saharan Africa and The Overseas Press Club Award for business reporting in 1999.

Born in Detroit, she received a BA degree from Brown University and an MA degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Ms. LaFraniere is married to Michael Wines and they have three children.

Sharon LaFraniere
Sharon and Nikolay Khalip, from The New York Times Moscow bureau staff.