Meet the Mass. native behind Michelle Obama’s speeches

Michelle Obama’s speeches can take an audience by storm — just ask the crowd Monday night at the Democratic National Convention or even Melania Trump.

But like most public speakers, the first lady has a secret weapon. In Obama’s case, it’s a Wayland native who has been her speechwriter since the 2008 election.

Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz (left) with Michelle Obama during a flight to Santa Fe in May.

Chuck Kennedy/The White House

Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz (left) with Michelle Obama during a flight to Santa Fe in May.


Sarah Hurwitz’s first assignment as Obama’s speechwriter was her address to the 2008 convention, which resurfaced last week during the Republican National Convention when Melania Trump appeared to have lifted several passages from it.

“As I write for [Obama] now, I’m sort of editing the speech with her voice in my head because she’s given me so much feedback over the years and been so clear about what she wants,” Hurwitz, a Harvard Law School graduate, told the Washington Post last month.

Hurwitz, 38, got her start as an intern with former Vice President Al Gore, according to the Post.

Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.
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