Joyce Wadler

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Wadler in 2009

Joyce Judith Wadler (born January 2, 1948) is a journalist and reporter for The New York Times, as well as a writer and humorist.


Prior to working at the New York Times, she was a reporter and feature writer for the New York Post, New York correspondent for The Washington Post and a contributing editor for New York Magazine and Rolling Stone. She authored Liaison: The True Story of the M. Butterfly Affair (ISBN 0-553-09213-8) after interviewing Bernard Boursicot, who granted her wide access to information and insight into his affair with Shi Pei Pu.[citation needed]


Wadler has been treated for both breast and ovarian cancer. In 1991, Wadler was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a malignant tumor "the size of a robin's egg" removed from her left breast.[1] The eventual diagnosis was "ductal carcinoma with medullary features".[2][not in citation given] Due to somewhat early detection and aggressive treatment, Wadler called it "[m]y maybe-not- the-best-but-still-pretty-terrific-whatever-the-hell-it-is cancer".[3]

Her memoir about breast cancer, My Breast: One Woman's Cancer Story (ISBN 0671017756; ISBN 978-0-671-01775-0) was originally a two-part cover story for New York Magazine and later expanded into an award-winning[citation needed] book and made into a television movie starring Meredith Baxter, which won the American Women in Radio and Television Excellence in Programming Award in 1995.[citation needed] In 1995, she was diagnosed with "advanced ovarian cancer" and treated. She has been in remission since 2000.[citation needed]


  • My Breast: One Woman’s Cancer Story
  • Liaison: The True Story of the M. Butterfly Affair


  1. ^ Wadler, Joyce (April 1992). "My Breast". New York Magazine.
  2. ^ Is DNA Destiny? Utne Reader. March 1, 1998
  3. ^ My Breast by Joyce Wadler on

External links

  • "The Public Life of Joyce Wadler", New York Observer
  • Index of Wadler's recent reporting for The New York Times
  • Joyce Wadler's blog
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