University of Michigan
Makes a cameo appearance as a waitress in "Adaptation," in which Meryl Streep portrays her.
Publishes second book, The Orchid Thief.
Lands staff writer job on The New Yorker.
Orlean was awarded the Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003 and received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Michigan at the spring commencement ceremony in 2012.