Dr. Fiona Hill, Lower Merion District’s Newest Speaker

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Kate Ferenchick, Staff Writer

On Friday, February 26th, Lower Merion District will be hosting Dr. Fiona Hill. Before we get the privilege to meet her, however, there are some amazing things you should know about her.

Dr. Hill was born in northern England, and by the age of 13, she was working multiple jobs. She then studied History and Russian at St. Andrew’s in Scotland and soon became an exchange student to the USSR, working for NBC.

While in the Soviet Union, Dr. Hill got the opportunity to see Reagan and Gorbachev sign the INF Treaty, an agreement between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to reduce their nuclear arms.

She then attended Harvard University to get her Master’s degree in both Russian and History as well as a Ph.D. in History. 

After Harvard, Dr. Hill worked in the research department at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and was the head of Harvard’s Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project. She then moved on to working for the National Intelligence  Council, and soon after, she was picked to become an intelligence analyst for George W. Bush and continued under the Obama administration and, until 2019, the Trump Administration.

She was considered as the top expert on Russia in the White House.

Dr. Hill has also been praised on her speech at Trump’s first impeachment, with the USA Today calling it, “Fierce, focused, and fearless.” At the trial, she rebutted claims about Ukraine meddling in the election and stated that the Trump administration was feeding into Russian propaganda.

She took a non-partisan, firm stance in the trials. Dr. Hill has had many other accomplishments such as her biography on Putin, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, and an upcoming one on the partisan in America. To hear more about her life, attend the Lower Merion District Speakers Event from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26th, where you will have the chance to hear from her yourself.