New York Times Event: Destination Cincinnati — and Beyond

Join The New York Times’s inaugural 52 Places Traveler Jada Yuan for a conversation that could only happen in Cincinnati, with a view from the road at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Destination Cincinnati — and Beyond

May 9, 2018

A Conversation With Jada Yuan, The Times’s “52 Places to Go” Traveler, and National Correspondent John Eligon at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Logging almost four months of travel on her mission to visit each location on The Times’s 52 Places to Go in 2018 list, Ms. Yuan will first share practical travel tips and observations from the first 14 stops on her trip. She will be joined by National Correspondent John Eligon, who has relocated to the Midwest from New York City, and traveled to Australia last year to report on its indigenous communities. The two Times journalists will discuss their journeys,the ever-evolving city of Cincinnati, and more at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s brand new theater, a cultural landmark mentioned in the 52 Place to Go article where it was reported that the seats, “none more than 20 feet from the stage, guarantee theatrical immersion” at this event!

Cincinnati: No. 8 on New York Times Places to Go List

Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood is already home to microbreweries, farm-to-table restaurants and a streetcar linking it to downtown. In late 2017, a trio of new theaters heightened its cultural allure. The 1878 landmark Music Hall — home to the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Opera — reopened after a $143-million renovation. Nearby, Ensemble Theater Cincinnati expanded and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company moved into new quarters where seats, none more than 20 feet from the stage, guarantee theatrical immersion.
— Elaine Glusac

Featuring: Jada Yuan

Jada Yuan was named The New York Times 52 Places Traveler in January 2018. In this role, she will travel to every destination on The Times’s 2018 52 Places to Travel list, and tell Times readers the story of each place as well as the story of life on the road.

Previously, Ms. Yuan worked for New York magazine, where she spent over a decade as a contributing editor both in print and online at its websites Vulture, the Cut and Daily Intelligencer. She gained on-the-ground reporting experience traveling to Cannes, Sundance and Toronto to cover film festivals, as well as to Denver, Minneapolis and Philadelphia for the 2008 and 2016 presidential conventions.

She has profiled Stevie Nicks, Ava Duvernay and Bill Murray; interviewed wrongly convicted prisoners in New York; and covered protesters in Ferguson, Mo., as well as the pioneering career of the first black transgender fashion model. Her cover stories and features have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Elle, Glamour and Bloomberg Businessweek. Personal travel has taken her to Japan, Mexico, China, Afghanistan, Kenya and Senegal.

Ms. Yuan grew up in northern New Mexico, has a degree in history from Yale University and currently lives in Brooklyn.

CAPTION: Jada Yuan photographed in New York City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photograph by Todd Heisler/THE NEW YORK TIMES) Assignment ID: 30215030A NYTCREDIT: Todd Heisler/The New York Times 

Featuring: John Eligon

John Eligon is a veteran reporter for The New York Times currently serving as a national correspondent based in Kansas City. He covers national issues of race. In his 11 years at The Times, John has covered a variety of topics ranging from sports to courts to politics. His work has taken him to South Africa to cover the death of Nelson Mandela and Turin to cover the Winter Olympics. As a national correspondent covering race, John is responsible for documenting the nuance of America’s difficult battle with race, from the protests movement over police violence to the changing face of the country’s cities and suburbs.

Over the years, John has become an authoritative voice on issues of race and class. As a metro reporter, he broke the story of a bail bonds scheme that left poor defendants unable to gain their freedom. In 2013, he authored a gripping narrative of the life of a young black man in one of St. Louis’s most violent neighborhoods, laying bare the sad truth that even in a city where some parts are booming, many communities continue to struggle with crime and poverty. He authored a series that followed one Detroit neighborhood over the course of a year to document how it changed as the city worked to lift itself out of bankruptcy. And he helped to shepherd the Times’s coverage the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and the fallout from that.

Born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, John moved to the United States as a young boy. He took to journalism in middle school because he loved sports and was excited by the idea of covering them. He graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in journalism and German. After covering sports for a year at The Detroit Free Press, John was hired by The Times, where he covered sports for two years before moving into news. John remains active in sports -- he has run six marathons including the 2013 Boston Marathon, and had to report on the bombing after finishing the race. He is fluent in German, and loves to travel the world and try new restaurants with his wife.