Sandra Mims Rowe
The Associated Press
Stephen J. Adler
ABC News/CNN International
John S. Carroll
The Washington Post
Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
AOL Huffington Post Media Group
The New Yorker
Fusion, Univision News
Geraldine Fabrikant Metz
The New York Times
Paul C. Tash
Tampa Bay Times
The Slate Group
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sandra Mims Rowe was elected chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2011, having joined CPJ's board of directors in 2003. Rowe was editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, from 1993 until January 2010. Under her leadership, the newspaper won five Pulitzer Prizes, including the Gold Medal for Public Service. She was the Knight Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Rowe has been recognized often for her contributions to journalism and her excellence in leadership. In 2003, the National Press Foundation named her editor of the year, and in 2008, Editor & Publisher magazine named her editor of the year. In 2010, the American Society of Newspaper Editors awarded her its National Leadership Award, and in 2010, the University of Missouri School of Journalism awarded her its Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism. In 2011, the Livingston Foundation recognized her mentoring of scores of young journalists with the Richard Clurman Award.
Rowe chairs the Board of Visitors of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University. She is also a member of Willamette University's Board of Trustees and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism's Board of Visitors.
From 1994 to 2003, Rowe served on the Pulitzer Prize Board and was its chair in 2002-2003. She is a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
From 1984 until April 1993, Rowe was executive editor and vice president of The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia, and The Ledger-Star, in Virginia Beach. She had been with The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star for 22 years. The Virginian-Pilot won the Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting, its first in 25 years, under her leadership.
She is married to Gerard P. Rowe, a lawyer, and is the mother of two daughters, Mims and Sarah.
Stephen J. Adleris president and editor-in-chief of Reuters, where he is responsible for the team that produces and markets Reuters news and commentary worldwide.
Adler joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as senior vice president and editorial director of the company's Professional Division. In this role, he built and directed news operations to deliver original journalism and relevant Reuters content to the millions of subscribers who rely on the company's business units for information products and services. He was named editor-in-chief, Reuters News, and executive vice president, News, in 2011, where he directed the editorial operations and news strategy for the company.
Before joining Thomson Reuters, Adler was editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, where, during his five-year tenure, the magazine and its website won more than 100 major journalism awards. He also spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal. As investigative editor, Adler managed reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes for the paper between 1995 and 1999. As deputy managing editor, he oversaw the award-winning Wall Street Journal Online, created The Wall Street Journal Books imprint, and co-taught the ethics and standards course required of all news employees. Previously he was editor of The American Lawyer. He began his career as a reporter at local newspapers in Florida.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Adler is author of the book The Jury: Trial and Error in the American Courtroom, which won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association. With his wife, the novelist Lisa Grunwald, he was co-editor of the best-selling Letters of the Century: America 1900--1999 and Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present. They are currently working on a third anthology, about marriage through the centuries.
Andrew Alexander is a Washington-based news media consultant and distinguished visiting professional at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. He served as ombudsman at the Washington Post, a two-year position, from 2009 to 2011. Previously, Alexander was Washington bureau chief for Cox Newspapers, where he oversaw a staff of roughly 25 reporters and editors in the nation's capital as well as bureaus in Baghdad, Jerusalem, London, Beijing, Mexico City, the Caribbean, New York, and the West Coast.
Alexander began his career as a reporter for the Melbourne Herald in Australia, later joining the Dayton Journal-Herald, where he worked as an investigative reporter and political writer. He joined the Cox Washington Bureau in 1976 as the Journal-Herald's correspondent, moved to the national staff in 1984, and was named foreign editor in 1989. Alexander became deputy bureau chief in 1994 and was named bureau chief in 1997. He has reported from more than 50 countries and covered armed conflicts in Vietnam, Angola, Iran, and Iraq.
Alexander has won or shared in the Raymond Clapper Award for distinguished Washington correspondence, the Global Media Award, the Thomas L. Stokes Award for environmental reporting, the Ohio Associated Press Award for investigative reporting (twice), and the Ohio Associated Press Award for feature writing.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., and reared in the Ohio town of Urbana, Alexander graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism. He is the chairman of the Freedom of Information Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and serves on the advisory board of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Franz Allina was counsel to the office of the appellate defender in 2003 and 2004. Awarded his law degree from the Cardozo School of Law in 1993, he has worked on capital appeals in Florida, Arkansas, and Missouri. From 1993 to 1995 he was coordinator of the special committee on capital representation for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is the co-author of the 1993 book, The Crisis in Capital Representation.
Allina won awards for broadcast editorials from 1979 to 1987, while serving as chairman and president of The Radio Company Inc., which operated FM and AM stations in New York, Connecticut and California. From 1971 to 1979, he was president and a director of CTW Communications, Inc., a venture capital subsidiary of the Sesame Workshop.
Allina has served as consultant to the president of CBS on Congressional oversight of television programming. He is the author of early critiques of the U.S. Fairness Doctrine and, with Henry Geller, of the FCC equal time rule.
Allina conducted missions to Malaysia for CPJ and for the anticensorship group, Article 19. He has participated in CPJ missions to Haiti and Indonesia.
Christiane Amanpour is the global affairs anchor for ABC News, providing international analysis of important issues of the day for ABC News programs and platforms, and anchoring primetime documentaries on international subjects, as well as host of "Amanpour" and chief international correspondent for CNN International.
Her illustrious career in journalism spans three decades. When she became an international correspondent for CNN in 1990, her first major assignment was covering the Gulf War. She has since reported from the world's major hotspots, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Asia, Rwanda, the Balkans, and the U.S. during Hurricane Katrina. She has interviewed most of the top world leaders over the past two decades, including securing the only interview with Hosni Mubarak and an exclusive with Muammar Ghadafi during the Arab Spring.
Ms. Amanpour has received every major broadcast award, including an inaugural Television Academy Award, nine News and Documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and nine honorary degrees. In 2011 she received a Giants in Broadcasting award and was the 2011 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and a Honorary Citizen of Sarajevo.
Ms. Amanpour was born in London and spent part of her childhood in Tehran, Iran. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in journalism.
A former foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, Terry Anderson was held hostage for seven years by Shiite Hezbollah partisans attempting to drive the United States from Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war. He is the author of the bestseller Den of Lions, an account of his years as a hostage. In 1996 he returned to Lebanon to do a CNN special report, "Return to the Lion's Den."
Since his release in 1991, Anderson has worked as a journalist, run small businesses, taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and run for the Ohio state Senate. He wrote a syndicated column for King Features on government and politics, and is a well-known speaker around the United States. In 2009, Anderson joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky journalism school, where he teaches a course on international journalism.
Anderson was a combat correspondent with the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970. He went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1974. He then joined The Associated Press, serving in Asia and Africa before being assigned to Lebanon as the chief Middle East correspondent in 1983.
Anderson founded the Vietnam Children's Fund, which builds schools in Vietnam, and the Father Lawrence Jenco Foundation to support charity work in Appalachia. He has received numerous awards, both for journalism and community service, including the first Free Spirit Award from the Freedom Forum.
John S. Carroll has been editor of three newspapers: the Los Angeles Times (2000-2005), Baltimore Sun (1991-2000), and Lexington Herald-Leader (1979-1991). He is currently writing a narrative nonfiction book and working on not-for-profit ventures having to do with journalism and education. He is chairman of the News Literacy Project, which gives students critical tools for identifying the valuable sources of information within the torrent of digital information they receive.
In 2006, he was Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Shorenstein Center of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and taught a course titled "Journalistic Values in a Time of Upheaval."
Carroll began his career in 1963 as a reporter for the Providence Journal-Bulletin. After serving in the Army (1964-1966) he joined the Baltimore Sun as a local reporter and later became the Sun's correspondent in Vietnam, the Middle East, and Washington. He got into editing as city editor and then metropolitan editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. A graduate of Haverford College, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He was also a fellow in a program at Oxford modeled on the Nieman Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Carroll has received a number of journalism awards and was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1994 to 2003. He was the board's chairman in 2002. In 2004 he was honored with CPJ's Burton Benjamin Memorial Award.
Kathleen Carroll is executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press, responsible for content in all formats from the journalists based in AP's 243 bureaus and 97 countries around the world. At the AP, Carroll has helped transition its news into multimedia formats and dealt with security issues for journalists covering stories in war zones and other hostile environments.
Carroll first joined the AP's Dallas bureau in 1978, after her job as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News. During her career at the AP, she has been a writer and editor at AP's bureaus in Dallas, Washington, New Jersey, and California.
Carroll has also worked for Knight Ridder, where she directed Washington and international coverage for newspapers and multimedia. She was a business editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris until returning to the United States as an editor at the San Jose Mercury News. She has served on the Pulitzer Prize Board since 2003.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1994. He has served as the Post's national editor and as an assistant managing editor. In 2005, Chandrasekaran was the journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, as well as public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Chandrasekaran ran the Post's bureau in Baghdad from 2003 to 2004, covering the American invasion of Iraq and the country's occupation. He authored the best-selling book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, a chronicle of the American reconstruction effort in Iraq. His other foreign assignments include serving as Cairo bureau chief and Southeast Asia correspondent, and reporting on the war in Afghanistan.
Sheila Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and is the Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Coronel began her reporting career in 1982, when she joined the staff of Philippine Panorama, a widely read magazine in her native Philippines. As Ferdinand Marcos gradually lost political power, Coronel reported on human rights abuses, the growing democratic movement, and the election of Corazon Aquino as president. She later joined the staff of the Manila Times as a political reporter, and wrote special reports for The Manila Chronicle. As a stringer for The New York Times and The Guardian of London, she covered seven attempted coups against the Aquino government.
In 1989, Coronel and colleagues founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to promote investigative reporting. Under her leadership, the center became one of the premier investigative reporting institutions in the region.
Coronel is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals, a collection of reporting; The Rulemakers: How the wealthy and well-born dominate Congress; and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.
Josh Friedman is director of international programs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught since 1992. He reported for Newsday from 1982 until 2001, his last position being United Nations bureau chief. In 1985, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for his coverage of the famine in Ethiopia.
Friedman was editor-in-chief of the Soho Weekly News in New York from 1979 to 1981; a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1977 to 1979; and statehouse bureau chief for the New York Post from 1972 to 1977. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica from 1964 to 1966.
Friedman won the International Reporting Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (1985); the Blue Pencil Award from Columbia University's Daily Spectator (1980); the Keystone Press Award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association (1979); the Associated Press Managing Editors Award for public service (1979); the Thomas L. Stokes Award from the Washington Journalism Center (1979); and the Edward J. Meeman conservation reporting award from the Scripps Howard Foundation (1979). He has a bachelor's degree in history from Rutgers University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.
For more than 20 years, Anne Garrels was a roving correspondent for National Public Radio's foreign desk. She covered the fall of the Soviet Union, Tiananmen Square, the 1991 Gulf War, global water issues, and the breakup of Yugoslavia. She was Moscow Bureau Chief from 1993-1997. She has been recipient of the most prestigious awards for broadcast journalism.
After 9/11, Garrels reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Israel. She earned particular recognition for her coverage in Iraq of the runup to the U.S. invasion, and her on-the-ground reporting during the U.S. bombing campaign. She remained in Iraq for another five years. Her early experiences in Baghdad are chronicled in the 2003 book, Naked In Baghdad.
Before joining NPR, Garrels worked for ABC News as a producer, Moscow Bureau Chief and chief of Central American operations. She was also NBC's State Department correspondent.
Garrels is a longtime member of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is also on the board of Oxfam America.
Cheryl Gould was named senior vice president of NBC News in 2005 after serving as vice president of the news division since 1993. Gould also served as vice president of CNBC, concentrating on prime time and weekend program development. Her current portfolio includes business development, the archives and its derivative businesses, media management and intellectual property issues.
Gould served as acting executive producer of "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," the first woman in the industry to fill such a role, and was the broadcast's senior producer from 1985 to 1996.
Gould joined NBC News in 1977 as a field producer and radio reporter in the Paris bureau and later as a producer in the network's London bureau. In 1981, she moved to New York to become a producer on the weekend edition of "NBC Nightly News." She helped create and was senior broadcast producer of "NBC News Overnight" which won the highest award given by the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards committee. Gould also served as a producer on a wide variety of NBC News election specials and projects including "D-Day Plus 40," a documentary commemorating the anniversary of the Normandy invasion, anchored by Tom Brokaw.
She won a 1989 Emmy Award for the "Nightly News" coverage of the Romanian revolution. She has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, and msnbc.com. She formerly served on the board of the International Women's Media Foundation.
Gould began her broadcasting career as a radio reporter in Rochester, N.Y. Before joining NBC, she was an on-air reporter for WOKR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Rochester. Gould earned a cum laude bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University in 1974.
Arianna Huffington is president and editor-in-chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 13 books. In 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read and cited online media brands.
In 2006 and 2011, she was named to Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with a master's degree in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
Huffington has made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including "Charlie Rose," "Oprah," "Nightline," "Real Time with Bill Maher," "Hardball," "Good Morning America," the "Today" show, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and "The O'Reilly Factor." She serves on the board of the Spanish newspaper El País among others.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault rejoined National Public Radio as a special correspondent after six years as CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. Hunter-Gault, NPR's chief correspondent in Africa in the late 1990s, also worked 20 years at PBS, where she served as a national correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." She began her journalism career as a reporter for The New Yorker; as news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., and as Harlem bureau chief for The New York Times.
Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two Peabody awards--one for her work on "Apartheid's People," a "NewsHour" series about South African life during apartheid. Hunter-Gault won the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the 1990 Sidney Hillman Award, and a 2004 National Association of Black Journalists Award for a CNN series on Zimbabwe. Amnesty International has honored Hunter-Gault for her human rights reporting. She holds more than two dozen honorary degrees, in addition to membership on numerous boards.
She is the author of In My Place, a memoir of the civil rights movement fashioned around her experiences as the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia.
Jonathan Klein is co-founder and CEO of the global digital media company Getty Images, the premier creator and distributor of still imagery, video, and music worldwide. His strategic vision has led the company's growth from an analog image collection with transparencies, laboratories, and print catalogs in 1995, to an award-winning, multi-billion-dollar global e-commerce business.
Klein drove Getty Images' launch into news, sports, and entertainment imagery, as well as video, music, digital asset management, rights services, and assignment photography. Under his direction, Getty Images built a network of exclusive partnerships with the world's most prestigious media and entertainment companies and sports governing bodies, Klein also led the development of the company's innovative API Connect and social listening tool The Feed.
Klein is the recipient of numerous media, philanthropic, and corporate honors. Under his stewardship, Getty Images received the first International Center of Photography Trustees Award for its commitment to the field of photography, through technology and philanthropy, and its dedication to the power of photography to create change. Fast Company recognized Klein in its "Fast 50" as a business leader who "will change the way we work and live over the next ten years" and he was named number one on American Photo's list of the "100 Most Important People in Photography."
Klein also holds leadership roles in the fields of global health and international press freedom. He serves on the board of Grassroot Soccer and is chairman of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In addition to serving on the board of CPJ, Klein has played a key role in the creation and success of the global press freedom initiative A Day Without News?. He is vice president of the board of trustees of the Groton School and serves on the boards of directors of Getty Images, Etsy, Squarespace and Getty Investments.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Klein received a master's degree in law from the University of Cambridge. He lives in New York City with his wife and three sons.
Jane Kramer is European correspondent for The New Yorker and writes the "Letter from Europe" for the magazine. She is the author of nine books, including The Politics of Memory, a collection of writings from Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Lone Patriot, the story of a militia leader and his followers. Her other books include The Last Cowboy and Europeans.
Kramer's books and journalism have earned her many awards, including an American Book Award, a National Magazine Award, a Front Page Award, and an Emmy Award. In 1993, she won the Prix Européen de l'Essai, Europe's prestigious award for non-fiction. Kramer has served on the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Institute for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a founding board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
She has taught at Princeton University and at the University of California at Berkeley. Kramer is a graduate of Vassar College and received a master's degree in English at Columbia University before starting her career in journalism.
Mhamed Krichen is a Doha-based anchor and program host for Al-Jazeera. Having joined the news channel at its inception in 1996, he was a member of Al-Jazeera's editorial board from 2004 to 2010, and has run training courses for Al-Jazeera Training and Media Development Centre since its establishment in 2004. He has interviewed numerous heads of state and other prominent international figures, providing coverage from Iraq to Egypt, Morocco to Saudi Arabia.
For the last decade, he has been a weekly political columnist with the London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi.
Krichen's professional career is divided evenly between time spent in his native Tunisia, where he worked as a freelancer covering the activities of the Arab League and the PLO from 1981 to 1994, and working abroad since early 1995.
After graduating from the Journalism and News Institute in Tunisia in 1981, Krichen worked as a stringer with Reuters and then as editor of Arab affairs for several independent Tunisian weeklies. He also reported for the Saudi Okaz and Lebanese Al-Diyar newspapers. Krichen moved to radio, becoming a reporter with Radio Netherlands, Monte Carlo Middle East Radio, and Radio Tunis. In 1992, he shifted to television as correspondent for the London-based MBC, then as a newscaster for BBC Arabic. Krichen's defense of press freedom in his native Tunisia made him the target of vilification by newspapers affiliated with the former Ben Ali regime.
He is the author of two books: The PLO: History and Factions (1986), and Al-Jazeera and Its Sisters(2006), essays on the Arab media.
Isaac Lee is CEO of Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network owned by Univision and Disney/ABC. Fusion champions a young, diverse, and inclusive America with a unique mix of original reporting, lifestyle, and comedic content that is smart and irreverent.
Lee is also the president of news for Univision Communications, Inc., the leading Spanish‐language media company serving Hispanic America. He is responsible for leading news across the enterprise, which includes strategic and editorial oversight of programming and production across the Univision networks, Univision Radio, Univision Television Group, and the company's digital platforms.
Lee's focus and mission is to tell the stories that matter most to the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic community. He has pushed his team to go beyond day‐to‐day reporting and pursue in‐depth stories on the issues that most affect people's lives, always with the aim of fulfilling journalism's role of vigilance and service to the public. During Lee's tenure, Univision News has been recognized for its quality journalism and commitment to informing its audience, and has won Peabody, IRE, and National Headliner Awards for its investigative reporting, as well as a Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism, among other prestigious journalism, documentary, and investigative awards.
Under Lee's stewardship, Univision News established a landmark joint venture with ABC News to launch Fusion, a 24‐hour English‐language news network aimed at the growing Latino demographic with the idea of bringing together diverse cultures and giving Latinos a voice in the American conversation.
Lee has been leading journalistic teams for nearly 15 years at prominent publications, serving Spanish‐speaking audiences in the U.S. and Latin America. He most recently founded the influential magazine PODER and served as its chairman and editor‐in‐chief. Lee currently serves on the board of The Associated Press. He is also a member of the Journalism Board of ProPublica and the International Advisory Board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Follow him on Twitter here.
Lara Logan is CBS News' chief foreign affairs correspondent, based in Washington, a position she has held since June 2008. Logan has been a correspondent for CBS News and 60 Minutes since 2002, and has reported as a foreign correspondent for the last 17 years.
Logan's reporting on Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has earned her multiple awards, including an Emmy, an Overseas Press Club Award and Edward R. Murrow Award, as well as five American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards. She has also reported from Mozambique during the devastating flooding there in 2008, the land invasions in Zimbabwe, the conflict in Northern Ireland and the war in Kosovo, among other stories.
Born in South Africa, Logan began her journalism career there in the city of Durban. She graduated from the city's University of Natal in 1992 with a degree in commerce. She also holds a diploma in French language, culture and history from the Universite de L'Alliance Francaise in Paris.
Rebecca MacKinnon is co-founder of the citizen media organization Global Voices Online, a passionate advocate of free expression, a leading authority on Internet censorship in China and elsewhere, and an expert on the growing power of online and social media. She lives in Washington, D.C. where she is currently a Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. Her first book, Consent of the Networked, a treatise on the future of liberty in the Internet age, will be published by Basic Books in late 2011.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked for 12 years for CNN and held Bureau Chief jobs in both Beijing and Tokyo. Since leaving CNN in 2004 she has received fellowships from Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy, the Open Society Institute, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. From 2007-2009 she taught and conducted research at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. Along with CPJ, MacKinnon is a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, an organization composed of major technology companies and human rights organizations that have joined to protect and advance freedom of expression when faced with pressure from local governments.
Born in Hungary, Kati Marton has combined a career as a reporter and writer with human rights advocacy. From 2003 to 2008 Marton chaired the International Women's Health Coalition, a global leader in promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls. From 2001 to July 2002 Kati Marton was Chief Advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. Marton is currently a director and formerly chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She also serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee and the New America Foundation, a public policy think tank. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, P.E.N. International and the Author's Guild.
Since 1980, Marton has published seven books and contributed as a reporter to ABC News, Public Broadcasting Services, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Times of London, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and The New Republic. Her first book, Wallenberg, a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was published by Random House in 1982. From 1983 until 1984, she was a columnist for the Sunday Times of London. Her second book, a novel entitled An American Woman was published in 1987. Her third book was an investigative history entitled The Polk Conspiracy--Murder and Cover-up in the Case of CBS News Correspondent George Polk. Her fourth book, A Death in Jerusalem--the Assassination by Extremists of the First Middle East Peacemaker, was published by Pantheon Books/Random House in the fall of 1994. Marton's book, Hidden Power--Presidential Marriages that Shaped History, was published in September 2001 and was a New York Times best seller. Her most recent book, The Great Escape--Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, was released by Simon and Schuster in October 2006. Marton's Cold War memoir, Enemies of the People--My Family's Journey to America, was published in the fall of 2009 by Simon and Schuster and was a 2010 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Prize. The New York Times called it "a powerful and absorbing narrative...[with] all the magnetism and yes, the excitement of the very best spy fiction."
From 1995 until 1997, Marton hosted NPR's America and the World, a weekly half-hour broadcast on international affairs. From December 1977 until December 1979, Marton was ABC Bureau Chief in Germany. While based in Germany, Marton reported from Poland, Hungary, Italy, Holland, Northern Ireland, East Germany, and the Middle East. Marton was a news writer/reporter at WCAU-TV, the CBS-owned-and-operated affiliate in Philadelphia from January 1973 until November 1977. From 1972 until 1973, Marton was a reporter for National Public Radio in Washington. In addition to diplomatic and political assignments, Marton was involved in the development of NPR's program, All Things Considered.
Kati Marton has been honored for her writing, reporting, and human rights advocacy including a George Foster Peabody Award for a one-hour documentary on China. She was a Gannett Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism in 1988 and she received a Philadelphia Press Association Award for Best Television Feature Story and a PBS Award for reporting from China. In 1997, she received the Marc H. Tannenbaum Foundation Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding and the Athens, Greece-based Kyriazis Foundation prize for the promotion of press freedom. In 2001, she was awarded the Rbekah Kohut Humanitarian Award by the National Council of Jewish Women. In 2002 she received a Matrix-Award for Women Who Change the World. In 2004 she was honored with the Citizen's Committee of New York's Marietta Tree Award for Public Service. In 2004 she also received the Edith Wharton Award for Journalism and the Woodhull Institute's Changemakers Award for Ethical Leadership in the Arts. Most recently the President of the Republic of Hungary awarded Marton the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of The Republic of Hungary. In 2007, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research honored her with their Special Cultural Award. In 2008 she was presented the Leadership Award for Media by the Merage Foundation for the American Dream.
Marton attended Wells College in Aurora, New York, the Sorbonne, and the Institute des Etudes de Science Politiques in Paris. She earned a B.A. in Romance Languages and a M.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University. She has also received two honorary doctorates: one from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in 2000 and another from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York in 2009.
Michael Massing is the author of Now They Tell Us (2004), a collection of articles published in the New York Review of Books about press coverage of the war in Iraq. He is also author of The Fix, a critical study of the U.S. war on drugs that was named co-winner of the Washington Monthly's Political Book Award for 1998.
He is a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and remains a contributing editor at that publication. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and at the Columbia School for International and Public Affairs.
Massing is co-founder of the Committee to Protect Journalists and a member of PEN America and the New York Institute for the Humanities. He has a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 1989, Massing was awarded an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship; in 1992, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In 2005, he received the Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting on the News for his articles in the New York Review on the coverage of the Iraq war. In 2010, he was named a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Grad Center.
Geraldine Fabrikant Metz is a contract writer for The New York Times. Previously, she was a senior writer for media and investing for the Times' Business Day section. Before joining the Times in 1985, she had been an editor and reporter for Business Week, Variety; and The Hollywood Reporter.
Fabrikant Metz won the Loeb Award for deadline reporting in 1996. In 1999, she was named a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in economics and business journalism by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A New York native, Fabrikant attended Brandeis University and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1964.
Victor Navasky has served as editor, publisher and now publisher emeritus of The Nation, which he joined in 1978. He is also the George Delacorte Professor of Magazine Journalism at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he directs the Delacorte Center of Magazines and chairs the Columbia Journalism Review. In the 1970's he served as an editor on The New York Times Magazine. In the 1960's he was founding editor and publisher of Monocle, a "leisurely quarterly of political satire" (that meant it came out twice a year). His books include Kennedy Justice, Naming Names, which won a National Book Award, and (with Christopher Cerf) The Experts Speak: The Definitive Guide to Authoritative Misinformation and also Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War In Iraq. A Matter of Opinion, which won the 2005 George Polk Book Award and the 2006 Ann M. Sperber Prize, and of which The New York Times wrote, "Anybody who has ever dreamed of starting a magazine, or worried that the country is losing the ability to speak seriously to itself, should read A Matter of Opinion..." Navasky is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, has been a Chicago Tribune columnist and member of its editorial board since July 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services to more than 180 newspapers. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Page has been a frequent panelist on "The McLaughlin Group," "Hardball with Chris Mathews," National Public Radio, and Black Entertainment Television. He is a regular contributor of essays to the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and a frequent guest on national news programs on all of the major networks.
Page was a reporter and later assistant city editor at the Chicago Tribune from 1969 to 1980, when he joined WBBM-TV in Chicago as director of community affairs and later as an on-air reporter.
Honors include a 1989 award for commentary from the National Association of Black Journalists; a 1980 Illinois UPI award for community service for an investigative series titled "The Black Tax"; and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting for a 1976 series on the changing politics of Southern Africa. Page participated in a Chicago Tribune vote fraud investigation that won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has received awards from the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union for his columns on civil liberties and constitutional rights.
Page serves on the boards of directors of the Herb Block Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. In 1992, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the author of Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity.
An Ohio native, Page received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1969.
Norman Pearlstine was named the executive vice president and chief content officer of Time Inc. in October 2013, a newly established position. In this role, Pearlstine was charged with driving the development of new content experiences, consumer products, and lines of business across Time Inc. brands. He also oversees the company's editorial policies and standards. He previously served as Time Inc.'s editor-in-chief from 1995 through 2005.
Pearlstine returned to Time Inc. after a five-year stint at Bloomberg L.P., where as chief content officer, he was responsible for developing growth opportunities for Bloomberg's television, radio, magazine, and online products to make the most of the company's news operations. He assumed the additional positions of chairman, Bloomberg Businessweek, following the acquisition of the magazine in December 2009, and co-chairman, Bloomberg Government, a comprehensive source for government news, analysis and insights.
Pearlstine has spent nearly four decades working as a reporter and editor. He worked for The Wall Street Journal from 1968 to 1992, except for a two-year period, 1978 through 1980, when he was an executive editor of Forbes magazine. At the Journal, he served as a staff reporter in Dallas, Detroit, and Los Angeles; Tokyo bureau chief; founding managing editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal; national editor; founding editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal/Europe; managing editor; and, ultimately, executive editor.
After leaving the Journal in 1992, Pearlstine spent a year launching Smart Money magazine for the Journal's parent, Dow Jones & Company, and for Hearst. He then spent a year as a general partner of Friday Holdings L.P., a multimedia investment company.
Pearlstine is the author of OFF THE RECORD: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources, which was published in June 2007. He has also received numerous awards over his career. In January 2005, the American Society of Magazine Editors named Pearlstine the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted him into the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame. He was honored with the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 2000. He received the National Press Foundation's Editor of the Year Award in 1989.
Pearlstine received his bachelor's from Haverford College, his L.L.B. from the University of Pennsylvania, and did postgraduate work at the law school of Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Ahmed Rashid is one of the world's foremost experts on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Taliban. Journalist Christopher Hitchens has called him "Pakistan's best and bravest reporter." He is the author of many influential books on the region, including the bestselling Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia. Published prior to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Taliban became a critical guide to understanding the Taliban in their wake. Rashid has three more books on the region: The Resurgence of Central Asia, Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, and Descent Into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Rashid is a champion of local media development and donated a quarter of the profits from Taliban to create the Open Media Fund for Afghanistan. He also enlisted the Open Society Institute, AOL Time Warner Foundation, and Internews Network to provide financial support for local Afghan journalists. Until 2009, Rashid was the Afghanistan, and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review frequently contributes to the U.S. and British media including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books, the Daily Telegraph, and the London Evening Standard. Foreign Policy magazine chose him as one of the world's most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010.Back to top
Alan Rusbridger has been the editor of the Guardian since 1995. He is editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, a member of the GNM and GMG Boards, and a member of the Scott Trust.
Born in Zambia, Rusbridger graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English in 1976. His career began at the U.K.'s Cambridge Evening News, where he trained as a reporter before joining the Guardian in 1979 and working as a feature writer and diary columnist. In 1986, he left the paper to become a TV critic for the Observer and the next year he worked as the Washington correspondent of the London Daily News. In 1989, he returned to the Guardian as a feature writer and soon moved from writing to editing.
Rusbridger oversaw the integration of the paper and digital operations, and the Guardian is now the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world, with 100 million unique browsers every month.
The Guardian broke world exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden and was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting. In April 2014, the Guardian was named newspaper of the year and won the top digital prize at the British Press Awards. It has also been awarded the European Press Prize and the Ortega y Gasset Award for journalism.
During Rusbridger's editorship, the paper has fought a number of high-profile battles over libel and press freedom, including cases involving WikiLeaks, Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken, the Police Federation, freedom of information, and Trafigura.
Rusbridger and reporter Nick Davies received the U.K.'s Media Society Award for their revelations and coverage of the phone hacking story in the Guardian. Rusbridger was awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism by Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Centre.
In 2012, the Committee to Protect Journalists honored Rusbridger with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award at the 22nd Annual International Press Freedom Awards.
David Schlesinger is the founder and managing director of the Hong Kong-based media and China consultancy Tripod Advisors, a D.A. Schlesinger Limited company.
Before founding Tripod Advisors, Schlesinger was Chairman of Thomson Reuters China and was the global information services group's senior representative in the region. He was responsible for building relationships, providing thought leadership and advising on strategy for operations across Thomson Reuters interests in financial markets, legal and regulatory databases, scientific information and journalism.
Schlesinger was appointed to that role after four years as Editor-in-Chief of Reuters News, running all aspects of the 3,000-journalist strong international news service. Before that, Schlesinger was Global Managing Editor of Reuters News for three years, in charge of the worldwide operations and news editing
He joined Reuters Hong Kong bureau in 1987 as a correspondent. From 1989 to 1995, he ran Reuters editorial operations in Taiwan, China and the Greater China region in a series of posts. He then transferred to New York to serve in turn as Financial Editor, Managing Editor for the Americas and Executive Vice President and Editor of the Americas.
Schlesinger has served on the board of ChinaWeb, the parent company of Hexun.com, China's leading business/investing portal. He is active in the World Economic Forum, where he has served as a member of the International Media Council and the China Agenda Council. He is Honorary President of the International Network of Street Papers. In 2008, he was awarded an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for Business and Financial Reporting by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the United States.
Schlesinger graduated from Oberlin College and has a Masters degree from Harvard University, where he concentrated on Chinese politics in the Regional Studies East Asia program.
Paul C. Tash is chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Company.
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Tash graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1976. He received a Marshall Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of laws degree from Edinburgh University in Scotland in 1978.
He started with the Times that fall as a local news reporter. He also has been a Tallahassee reporter, the city editor, metropolitan editor, Washington bureau chief and editor of the Times. From 1990-91, Tash was the editor and publisher of Florida Trend, a statewide business magazine owned by Times Publishing.
Tash is chairman of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a school for journalists and media leaders, which owns Times Publishing. He also serves on the boards of the Pulitzer Prize and the Associated Press. Tash is a member of the Florida Council of 100, a group of business leaders.
Tash is married to the former Karyn Krayer of St. Petersburg, a high school teacher. They have two daughters; one is a physician at Duke University Medical Center, the other a student at Duke Law School.
The Tampa Bay Times is Florida's leading newspaper, with an average Sunday circulation of 400,000, and it is widely considered among the country's best newspapers. It has won eight Pulitzer Prizes, including two in 2009. Until 2012, the newspaper was known as the St. Petersburg Times, but changed its name to reflect its growth throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Jacob Weisberg is chairman of The Slate Group, a unit of The Washington Post Company devoted to developing a family of Internet-based publications through start-ups and acquisitions. The Slate group's roster includes Slate, The Root, the video site Slate V, and ForeignPolicy.com, as well as the bimonthly print journal, Foreign Policy. His regular opinion column is published by Slate.
A native of Chicago, Weisberg attended Yale University and New College, Oxford. From 1989 until 1994, he worked as a writer and editor at The New Republic. Between 1994 and 1996, he covered politics for New York Magazine. In 1996, he joined the new Internet magazine Slate, where he covered the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns as chief political correspondent.
Weisberg served as editor of Slate from 2002 until 2008. He has also been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, a reporter for Newsweek in London and Washington, and editorial page columnist for the Financial Times.
Since 2010, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Weisberg is also a past board member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Hudson Highlands Land Trust.Weisberg is the author of several books, including The Bush Tragedy, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2008. With former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, he co-wrote In an Uncertain World, which was published in 2003. His first book, In Defense of Government, was published in 1996.
Mark Whitaker is the former executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, where he was responsible for leading editorial coverage across CNN's multiple platforms and directing the overall approach, tone, and scope of CNN's reporting.
Prior to his position at CNN Worldwide, Whitaker served as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News, succeeding the late Tim Russert in July 2008. In that role, he was responsible for Washington-based programming for NBC and MSNBC, including "Meet the Press" and the network's political coverage.
Before joining NBC in May 2007 as senior vice president, Whitaker was vice president and editor-in-chief of new ventures in the digital division of The Washington Post Company. He was editor of Newsweek from 1998 to 2006, during which time the magazine won more top editorial awards and nominations than at any time in its history, including four National Magazine Awards for coverage of the attacks of September 11, the Iraq War, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and the 2004 elections. As editor, Whitaker redesigned Newsweek to emphasize in-depth reporting and diversified opinion columns.
Whitaker joined Newsweek in 1981 and wrote and reported for the International section, covering such major stories as the conflicts in Central America, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East. He served as business editor from 1987 to 1991, directing coverage of stories including the stock-market crash and the S&L crisis.
Whitaker graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1979. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served on the editorial board of the Harvard Crimson. Whitaker attended Oxford University's Balliol College for postgraduate studies as a Marshall Scholar from 1979-1981.
Matthew Winkler is editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, a global news service he founded with Michael Bloomberg in 1990 when he joined the then eight-year-old financial information company Bloomberg LP. Bloomberg News, which has grown to 2,200 editors and reporters in print and broadcast media in 130 bureaus throughout North and South America, covers the economy, companies, governments, financial, and commodity markets as well the arts, sports, politics and policy.
Winkler received the New York Financial Writers' Association 2003 Elliott V. Bell Award for making a "significant long-term contribution to the advancement of financial journalism." During the past decade, Bloomberg News has received more than 250 awards for the quality of its journalism, including: the George Polk, Gerald Loeb, Overseas Press Club, Sidney Hillman, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists (Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York chapters) and Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Winkler is co-author of Bloomberg by Bloomberg, published April 1997 by John Wiley & Son. Between 1991 and 1994 while editing Bloomberg News, he wrote the "Capital Markets" column for Forbes magazine. Between July 1980 and February 1990, Winkler was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and news services of its parent, Dow Jones & Co. At the Journal, he was responsible for credit markets, corporate finance, and the securities industry from 1987 to 1990 in New York. He served as European financial correspondent for The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Wall Street Journal in London from 1982 to 1987. Winkler was a New York-based reporter and assistant editor at The Bond Buyer (1978-1980); a public relations specialist for Gehrung Associates in Keene, N.H. (1977-1978); and a reporter for the Ohio-based Mount Vernon News (1976-1977).
Winkler was born in New York City in 1955 and is a graduate of Kenyon College with a bachelor's degree in history. He is a trustee of Kenyon College and The Kenyon Review; chairman of the board of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program at Columbia University; a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia College of Columbia University; a trustee of the business journalism program of the City University of New York; a director of the International Center for Journalists, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. He and his wife Lisa, an English teacher, have three children.
Tom Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, is a special correspondent for NBC News. In this role, he reports and produces long-form documentaries and provides expertise during election coverage and breaking news events for NBC News.
Most recently, Brokaw reported for USA Network's "Bridging the Divide," a documentary aimed at assessing America's progress combating prejudice and discrimination in the nearly 50 years since the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Prior to that project, Brokaw reported on the baby boomer generation for a documentary on CNBC, and before that he traveled across the country to report on the changing face of the nation in "American Character Along Highway 50" for NBC News and USA Network.
On December 1, 2004, Brokaw stepped down after 21 years as the anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News." He has received numerous honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he was inducted as a fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Brokaw has received the Records of Achievement Award from The Foundation for the National Archives; the Association of the U.S. Army honored him with their highest award, the George Catlett Marshall Medal, first ever to a journalist; and he was the recipient of the West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award, in recognition of devoted service to bringing exclusive interviews and stories to public attention. His insight, ability and integrity have earned him a dozen Emmys and two Peabody and duPont awards for his journalistic achievements. In 2003, "NBC Nightly News" was honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast, representing the program's fourth consecutive win in this category.
From June 2008 until December 2008, Brokaw served as interim moderator of NBC's top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, "Meet the Press," after the untimely death of Tim Russert.
Over the years at NBC, Brokaw has reported in more than 30 documentaries on subjects ranging from race, AIDS, the war on terror, health care, Los Angeles gangs, Bill Gates, literacy, immigration and the evangelical movement. In addition, he collaborated with NBC's Peacock Productions for Discovery's Emmy-winning documentary "Global Warming: What You Need to Know with Tom Brokaw," and History Channel's two-hour documentaries, "1968 with Tom Brokaw" and "KING."
In 2006, Brokaw reported on race and poverty in "Separate and Unequal," which was awarded an RTNDA/Unity Award. The documentary took an honest look at the progress that's been made, and the problems that persist, 40 years after the civil rights movement. Later that year, he reported on illegal immigration in "In the Shadow of the American Dream," exploring the economic realities, the social consequences and the political controversies surrounding one of the hottest topics dividing the country today.
In June 2005, Brokaw returned to primetime for the first time since leaving the anchor desk with "The Long War," an in-depth look at the war on terror. For the report, he traveled around the world--to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, France and Washington D.C.--to interview world leaders, intelligence experts and those personally affected by the events of Sept. 11. "The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat," quickly followed in July 2005, and in September 2005, Brokaw reported on the religious revolution sweeping the country in "In God they Trust." In December 2005, he received wide acclaim for his fourth documentary that year, "To War and Back," which took a comprehensive look at what happens when young men go to war, lose friends, get hurt and then come home.
Brokaw received his second Peabody in 2004 with the documentary, "Tom Brokaw Reports: A Question of Fairness." The report examined the issue of affirmative action through the controversy surrounding the University of Michigan and its affirmative action policy, which detailed the continuing struggle to deal with race, fairness and higher education in America. In 2003, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Interview for "America Remembers: 9/11 Air Traffic Controllers."
Prior to stepping down as anchor of "Nightly News," Brokaw traveled to Iraq in June 2004 to cover the handover of power and reported for five days for all NBC News programs and MSNBC. In addition to interviewing a mix of newsmakers including Iraq's interim president Ghazi Al Yawer, General David Petraeus, the American General who is charged with rebuilding the Iraqi security forces, and securing an exclusive interview with General Ricardo Sanchez, the man who was in charge of the American forces in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was captured, Brokaw patrolled the dangerous Baghdad streets in a humvee convoy with the First Cavalry Division, and also reported on student life in Baghdad with the class of 2004.
Brokaw was the only network evening news anchor to report from Normandy, France during the D-Day 60th Anniversary ceremonies in June 2004. He had exclusive interviews with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris and President George W. Bush at the American Cemetery Normandy Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on June 6, the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. In February 2004, Brokaw returned to the Asian subcontinent to report on the challenges Pakistan and Afghanistan face as they continue to fight the war on terror. In addition to securing exclusive interviews Pakistan president Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Brokaw traveled with the Pakistani army to mountainous and barren terrain along the border with Afghanistan as they hunted for Al Qaeda and also reported from Southeastern Afghanistan, the base of the 10th Mountain Division, where U.S. soldiers are not only hunting for Al Qaeda, but trying to win the hearts and minds of the people as well.
In 2003, as the international controversy escalated over the increasing likelihood of war with Iraq, Brokaw traveled overseas to the diplomatic and military hotspots throughout the Middle East and the Gulf. On March 19, 2003, Brokaw was the first American news anchor to report that the war with Iraq had begun, and in April 2003, he landed the first television interview with President Bush after the President declared the end of major combat. During the summer of 2003, Brokaw was the first evening news anchor to return to Baghdad to report for five nights for "NBC Nightly News" and "Dateline NBC" on post-war Iraq and the reconstruction efforts.
He has an impressive series of additional "firsts," including the first exclusive U.S. one-on-one interview with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, earning an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Brokaw was the first and only anchor to report from the scene the night the Berlin Wall fell, and was the first American anchor to travel to Tibet to report on human-rights abuses and to conduct an interview with the Dalai Lama.
Brokaw has also reported in documentaries of international importance, including "The Road to Baghdad" where he documented the path to possible war with Iraq through the eyes of half a dozen people at the center of the crisis, and "The Lost Boys," a story about how the ongoing war in Sudan forced the "lost boys" out of their villages in the 1980s, which won a National Press Club Award.
In 1997, Brokaw was awarded with another Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for "Why Can't We Live Together," a documentary that examined the hidden realities of racial separation in America's suburbs. His first Peabody award in 1989 was for "To Be An American," a documentary about the American tapestry: who we are, how we got here and what it means to become a new citizen.
The NBC News anchor also has a distinguished record as a political reporter. He has interviewed every president since Lyndon Baines Johnson and has covered every presidential election since 1968. Brokaw was NBC's White House correspondent during the national trauma of Watergate (1973-1976). From 1984 to 2004, he anchored all of NBC's political coverage, including primaries, national conventions and election nights, and moderated nine primary and/or general election debates.
Complementing his distinguished broadcast journalism career, Brokaw has written articles, essays and commentary for several publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, The New Yorker, Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, Life, National Geographic, Outside and Interview.
In 1998, Brokaw became a best selling author with the publication of "The Greatest Generation." Inspired by the mountain of mail he received from his first book, Brokaw wrote "The Greatest Generation Speaks" in 1999. His third book, "An Album of Memories," was published in 2001. In November 2002, Brokaw's fourth best selling book "A Long Way from Home," a reflective look about growing up in the American Heartland, was released. In his fifth best-selling book, "BOOM! Voices of the Sixties," Brokaw shares a series of remembrances and reflections of the time based on his experiences and over 50 interviews with a wide variety of well known artists, politicians, activists, business leaders, and journalists, as well as lesser known figures, including a daughter of a former Mississippi segregationist governor, Vietnam veterans, civil rights activists, health care pioneers, environmentalists, and war protesters.
Brokaw began his journalism career in 1962 at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska. He anchored the late evening news on Atlanta's WSB-TV in 1965 before joining KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Brokaw was hired by NBC News in 1966 and from 1976-1981 he anchored NBC News' "Today" program.
James C. Goodale, a leading First Amendment and communications lawyer, served as Chairman of the CPJ Board from 1989 to 1994. During his tenure he built CPJ into a significant international force to release imprisoned journalists, enlisted powerful members to its Board which included Tom Brokaw, Anthony Lewis and Kati Marton, and increased its budget substantially.
From 1967 to 1980, he was General Counsel and Vice Chairman of The New York Times. He defended the Times in the Supreme Court case of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and won a resounding victory. The case prevented the federal government from prior restraint (censorship). Another of his cases, the landmark reporter's privilege case to protect reporter's sources, Branzburg v. Hayes, went to the Supreme Court the following year. His article in Hastings Law Journal, January 1975, in its interpretation of Branzburg v. the U.S., spawned over 1000 reported cases involving the recognition of such a privilege as well as the adoption by 39 states and D.C. of shield laws. He has accordingly been called the "Father of the Reporter's Privilege."
He drew the reporter's privilege and other First Amendment issues to the attention of lawyers and courts nationwide, by creating a "First Amendment Bar" through his chairmanship of a Communications Law Seminar at the Practising Law Institute in New York, which he ran for 40 years. The Seminar became one of the largest of its kind in the U.S., coining the phrase "First Amendment lawyers."
He has taught First Amendment and communications law at Yale, New York University and Fordham University Law Schools for over 30 years and has published approximately 200 articles on the First Amendment as well as two books: The New York Times v. The U.S. and All About Cable, a standard reference book which has been cited twice in the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1980, Goodale joined the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where he founded two legal practice groups which were innovative for their time: "Corporate Media and Communications," and "First Amendment and Intellectual Property Litigation." He has represented scores of celebrities such as Tina Brown, Harry Evans and George Plimpton and media companies including Cablevision, Time Inc. and Hearst.
From 1995-2010 he produced and hosted a television show in New York City called "Digital Age," about the influence of the revolution on media, society and politics. Guests have included Ben Bradlee, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., Henry Kissinger, Tom Brokaw and Michael Bloomberg.
Columbia Journalism Review in 2001, named Goodale one of the 200 leaders who shape the national media agenda. Born in Cambridge, Mass., Goodale is a graduate of Yale and the University of Chicago Law School.
Gwen Ifill is the award-winning moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week," the longest-running public affairs program on public television, and senior correspondent for "The PBS NewsHour." She has moderated national political debates, including the U.S. vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008, and is the author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama." (Doubleday, 2009)
Before joining PBS, Ifill served at NBC News for five years as chief congressional and political correspondent. While at NBC she covered national political stories for "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," "Today," and "Meet the Press."
Ifill worked for many years as a print journalist before becoming a fixture on broadcast news. She was a reporter at The New York Times, where she covered the White House and politics; The Washington Post, where her focus was national and local affairs; The Baltimore Evening Sun; and The Boston Herald American.
Ifill grew up in New York City and is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and serves on the board of the News Literacy Project and is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Steven L. Isenberg is a visiting professor of the humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2009 until 2013, he was the Executive Director of the
He taught for several years at the University of Texas at Austin as a visiting professor of the humanities in the liberal arts honors program; at Berkeley as a visiting professor of English and journalism; visiting lecturer at Yale; the James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy at
Prior to working in newspapers, Isenberg had been chief of staff to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay and a litigator at the firm of Breed, Abbott and Morgan. He served as president of the executive advisory board of the
Isenberg obtained his undergraduate degree in English Literature from the
David Laventhol, CPJ board chairman from 2002 to 2005, has four decades of experience as an editor and publisher. Most recently, he served as publisher and editorial director of Columbia Journalism Review, from 1999 until 2003. Prior to his appointment at Columbia Journalism Review, he was editor-at-large for Times Mirror Co. from 1994 through 1998; president of Times Mirror 1987-93; and publisher and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Times 1989-93. As president of Times Mirror, Laventhol supervised the company's 20 operating units. As publisher of the Times, he directed the country's second largest metropolitan daily newspaper. Under his leadership, the Times won three Pulitzer Prizes, including a 1992 award for spot news for its coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Laventhol began his career in 1957 at the St. Petersburg Times, where he was a reporter and news editor. In 1963, he joined the New York Herald Tribune as city editor. Three years later he moved to The Washington Post, where he was assistant managing editor. While at the Post, he developed and launched the newspaper's Style section, which became a standard for the industry. Laventhol moved to Newsday in 1969 as associate editor, was named executive editor in late 1969 and then editor in 1970. In 1978, he became publisher and chief executive officer. At Newsday, Laventhol directed the planning and development of the Sunday edition of Newsday, which began publishing in 1972, and he supervised the development of New York Newsday, a new city edition developed in the mid-1980s. Under his leadership, Newsday won many major journalism awards, including the 1974 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service for its 30-part series, "The Heroin Trail." Published in 1973, the articles traced the flow of illegal narcotics from the poppy fields of Turkey to the towns of Long Island.
Laventhol is a member of the board of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Century Association, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past chairman of the Pulitzer Prize board, the International Press Institute, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and a former director of the United Negro College Fund, the National Parkinson's Foundation, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Born in Philadelphia in 1933, Laventhol received his bachelor's degree in literature from Yale University in 1957, and a master's degree in English from the University of Minnesota in 1960.
David Marash is a veteran broadcast journalist, turned teacher and trainer of young journalists. Marash's work has most recently appeared on PBS/AARP's Inside E Street, and PBS's WorldFocus. He was Main Washington Anchor for Al Jazeera English from 2006-2008, and reported for ABC News "Nightline" from 1989 to 2005. His reporting of the wars in the former Yugoslavia, earned an Emmy Award in 1994. Marash also received Emmys for his "Nightline" coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, his coverage of the explosion of TWA Flight 800, and a 1980 ABC News "20/20" report on the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Marash and "Nightline" producer Jay LaMonica's three-part Nightline series on AIDS in Zimbabwe received an Alfred I. duPont Award.
Marash filed numerous breaking news stories for "Nightline," including coverage of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat, the siege of Sarajevo, suicide bombings in Tel Aviv, Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, and the Rwandan genocide. He filed investigative reports on topics as diverse as the failure of the General Motors' minority dealership development program and the legal tactics of tobacco industry lawyers.
Before beginning work for "Nightline" in 1989, Marash spent more than a decade in local news in New York and Washington, D.C. From 1985 to 1989 he was a news anchor for WRC-TV, Washington. He was an investigative reporter for WNBC-TV in New York, and a contributing reporter for NBC Weekend News and NBC Sports from 1983 to 1985. He anchored the news for WCBS-TV in New York in 1981 and 1982, and earlier, from 1973 through 1978.
Marash has published articles in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Carnegie Foundation Reporter, Washington Monthly, The Washington Journalism Review, Ms Magazine and TV Guide.
He has won numerous broadcasting honors, including seven local Emmys in New York and Washington, New York and Long Island Press Club Awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award for his 1972 CBS Radio reports on the terrorist attack at the Munich Olympic Games. Marash graduated from Williams College in 1964, and did his first teaching there in 1971.
Charles L. Overby is chairman and chief executive officer of the Freedom Forum, an independent, nonpartisan foundation dedicated to First Amendment and media issues, and the Diversity Institute, which is dedicated to recruiting, training, mentoring, and retaining a diverse newsroom workforce.
Overby is also chief executive officer of the Newseum, the interactive museum of news, which opened April 11, 2008, in Washington, D.C. The Freedom Forum funds the operations of the Newseum and the Diversity Institute. He was named president and chief executive officer of the Gannett Foundation in 1989. (The foundation was renamed the Freedom Forum in 1991.) In 1997, he became chairman as well as CEO, traveling to six continents to promote free press values.
Overby is a former editor of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. Under his leadership, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize Public Service Award for news and editorials on education reform in Mississippi in 1983. He worked for 16 years as reporter, editor and corporate executive for Gannett Co., the nation's largest newspaper company. He was vice president for news and communications for Gannett and served on the management committees of Gannett and USA Today.
As a reporter, he covered the White House, presidential campaigns, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. Overby serves on the board of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is a member of the foundation board of the University of Mississippi, his alma mater, and a former member of the Board of Regents at Baylor University.
Erwin Potts is a native of North Carolina and received a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina in 1954. He began his career as a reporter in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. He moved on to managerial positions with Knight-Ridder Newspapers, including city editor and assistant managing editor at The Miami Herald, general manager of the Tallahassee Democrat, and vice president and general manager of The Charlotte Observer and The Charlotte News.
Potts joined McClatchy Co. as director of newspaper operations in 1975. He became a vice president in 1979, executive vice president in 1985, president in 1987, chief executive officer in 1989, and chairman in 1995. With the unexpected death of C.K. McClatchy in 1989, Potts became the first non-family member to head the McClatchy Co., which was founded in 1857 by James McClatchy. He retired as chairman in 2002.
Potts has served on the Newspaper Association Board of Directors, Stanford University's John S. Knight Fellowship Board of Visitors, and the Sacramento Regional Foundation Board. Potts joined CPJ's board of directors in 1997 and became a member of its advisory board in November 2007.
Dan Rather is a Hall of Fame television and radio correspondent and anchor, and one of the best known journalists in the world.
He currently leads his own media company, "News and Guts", and is anchor and managing editor for "Dan Rather Reports" on the HDNet cable and satellite network. The one hour weekly news program premiered in November 2006. It concentrates on investigative reports, international coverage, politics and on-scene field reporting.
Rather was anchor and managing editor of "The CBS Evening News" for a record 24 years before stepping away in March 2005. In his 44 years with CBS News, he was also a veteran correspondent for "60 Minutes, among many other posts.
The war on terrorism and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq have taken Rather to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel in recent years. In April 2004, his all-media exclusive "60 Minutes II" investigative report revealing abuses at the U.S. military's Abu Ghraib prison drew worldwide attention and critical acclaim. In February 2003, Rather secured an exclusive one-on-one interview with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad--the first the Iraqi leader had conducted with a U.S. journalist since 1991. (when Rather had scored the first interview with Saddam Hussein after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait) Rather also reported from Kabul on the U.S. effort to oust the Taliban and from Jerusalem and the West Bank during the largest Israeli military action in two decades.
Rather joined CBS News in 1962 as chief of its Southwest bureau in Dallas. From November 22, 1963, when he reported on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Rather has covered most of the world's major news stories, from Beijing and Bosnia to Haiti and Hong Kong. He reported on the civil rights movement in the South; the White House; the wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and Yugoslavia; and the quest for peace in South Africa and the Middle East.
He has received numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards, and citations from scholarly, professional and charitable organizations. During his 44 years with CBS News, Rather held many prestigious positions, ranging from co-editor of "60 Minutes" to CBS News bureau chief in New Orleans, London and Saigon, and White House correspondent during the Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations. He helped to create, anchored and reported for CBS News' "48 Hours" from its premiere in 1988, through September 2002. He has interviewed every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower and virtually every major international leader of the past 30 years.
Among his many assignments, Rather reported on the pope's visit to Cuba in January 1998; Hong Kong's turnover to Chinese rule in 1997; from the front lines in Bosnia in 1995; and from Jerusalem on the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He was the only U.S. anchor at Rabin's funeral. As a correspondent for "60 Minutes II," Rather secured an exclusive interview with President Bill Clinton, the president's first sit-down interview following his impeachment by the House. Rather was the first U.S. anchor on the scene in Belgrade in the middle of NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, reporting for several CBS News broadcasts.
Rather has also authored or co-authored seven books, four of which have become New York Times bestsellers.
Rather began his career in journalism in 1950 as an Associated Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas. Later, he was a reporter for United Press International (1950-52), KSAM Radio in Huntsville (1950-53), KTRH Radio in Houston and the Houston Chronicle (1954-55). He became news director of KTRH Radio in 1956 and from 1960-63 he was news director at KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston. His widely acclaimed coverage of "Hurricane Carla" for that station, some of which was broadcast nationwide, took him to CBS News.
He was born in Wharton, Texas, and received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Sam Houston State Teachers College.
Gene Roberts has taught at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland since 1991, following 18 years as the executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which won 17 Pulitzer Prizes under his leadership.
He took a hiatus from his university work from 1994 to 1997 to serve as managing editor of The New York Times. In 1998, he returned to the college, where he teaches courses on writing the complex story, the press and the civil rights movement, and newsroom management.
Roberts is a former chairman of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has served on the boards of the Pulitzer Prize, the World Press Freedom Committee, and the Center for Foreign Journalists. He has co-authored numerous books, including "Leaving Readers Behind: The Age of Corporate Newspaper, " "The Censors and the Schools" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Race Beat." He was editor-in-chief of the American Journalism Review's "State of the American Newspaper Project," published in 2000.
Roberts began his career as a farm reporter for The Goldsboro (N.C.) News-Argus. He later joined The New York Times where he led the paper's coverage of the 1960s civil rights movement in the South and served as chief war correspondent in Vietnam. Roberts received the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism in 1993.Back to top
Paul Steiger is president and editor-in-chief of ProPublica, a New York-based non-profit newsroom focused on investigative journalism, a position he assumed beginning January 2008. Steiger was previously editor-at-large at The Wall Street Journal, having stepped down in May 2007 from a 15-year stint as managing editor and vice president of Dow Jones & Company. Steiger joined the Journal in 1966 as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau. In 1968, he moved to the Los Angeles Times as a staff writer and in 1971 he transferred to that paper's Washington, D.C. bureau as an economic correspondent. He returned to Los Angeles in 1978 to serve as the Times' business editor.
In 1983, Steiger rejoined the Journal as an assistant managing editor in New York and became deputy managing editor in April 1985. He was appointed managing editor in June 1991 and became a vice president in May 1992. Under his leadership, The Wall Street Journal's reporters and editors won numerous Pulitzer Prizes. Editors and news staffs of the European and Asian Journals began reporting to him in July 2002.
Steiger was elected chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2005. The same year, Steiger was honored with the "Decade of Excellence" award from the World Leadership Forum.
In November 2007, the National Press Club awarded Steiger the Fourth Estate Award, its highest honor, for "a lifetime of contributions to American journalism." In 2002, Steiger was selected as the first recipient of the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Leadership Award, honoring more than a decade of leadership at The Wall Street Journal. The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA honored him with the 2002 Gerald Loeb Award for lifetime achievement. Also in 2002, he was awarded the Columbia Journalism Award, given to honor a "singular journalistic performance in the public interest," and the highest honor awarded by the Columbia University School of Journalism. He was named a 2001-02 Poynter Fellow by Yale University.
The National Press Foundation awarded him the 2001 George Beveridge Editor of the Year Award for qualities that produce excellence in media. In March 1999, he was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. Steiger won three Gerald Loeb Awards and two John Hancock awards for his economics and business coverage. He is co-author of the book, The '70s Crash and How to Survive It, published in 1970.
Born in New York City, Steiger graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Brian Williams is the anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," a position he has held since 2004. His work covering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath garnered numerous awards including an Emmy, a DuPont, four Edward R. Murrow Awards and a Peabody.
Williams has traveled extensively around the world to cover breaking news since joining NBC News in 1993. He is a veteran of political campaigns and elections and has reported numerous times from the Middle East, including several trips to Iraq to cover the war.
Beginning in 1996, he was anchor and managing editor of "The News with Brian Williams," a nightly news program broadcast on MSNBC and CNBC. Before becoming anchor of the weekday broadcast, Williams was anchor and managing editor of the Saturday edition of "NBC Nightly News" for six years.
Williams' start in broadcast journalism was at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kan. in 1981. After serving as intern in the Carter administration, he worked for WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. Before joining NBC, Williams was anchor and correspondent for CBS' Television Stations Division in Philadelphia and New York for seven years.