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Jonna Mendez, former chief of disguise in the CIA

A smiling woman and man wearing headphones sitting at a table in a radio talk studio: The woman at left has short blonde hair and is wearing glasses, a black top, a yellow-green blazer, and a gold necklace; a man at right has short dark hair and is wearing a black polo shirt and is holding a red and black book entitled "In True Face."
David Griffin
Jonna Mendez on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Tuesday, June 18. 2024

Jonna Mendez was elevated to chief of disguise for the CIA during a career that took her to some of the world’s most dangerous places. She has often been compared to the character “Q” from the James Bond series.

Mendez has told her stories in print – both in nonfiction and in fiction, including the book, “Argo.” She is in Rochester as a guest of the World Affairs Council, but first, she joins us on "Connections."

In studio:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.