CPJ’s board of directors is primarily comprised of some of the world’s most influential and respected journalists. They provide strategic guidance to the organization, participate in advocacy missions, and facilitate meetings, including some with high-level government officials.
Stephen J. Adler is editor-in-chief of Reuters, where he oversees all editorial functions at the international news provider. Under his leadership, Reuters has received scores of top journalism awards, including six Pulitzer Prizes, while reaching billions of people daily with video, text, pictures, and graphics.
Adler joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as senior vice president and editorial director of the company’s professional division and was named editor-in-chief of Reuters the following year. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek and a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal. There, in addition to managing investigative reporting teams and overseeing the Wall Street Journal Online, he co-taught the ethics and standards course required of all news employees. He was editor of The American Lawyer from 1983 to 1988 and began his career as a reporter at local newspapers in Florida.
Adler is chairman of Columbia Journalism Review’s board of overseers and vice chairman of the board of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Gerald R. Loeb Awards board of final judges.
A graduate of Harvard College and the 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 three popular historical anthologies. He is a frequent speaker at journalism conferences, universities and public forums.
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 those in bureaus in Baghdad, Jerusalem, London, Beijing, Mexico City, the Caribbean, New York, and the West Coast.
Alexander joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2004 and began serving the organization as a senior advisor in 2017. He was re-elected to the board in 2019.
Alexander began his career as a reporter for The Herald in Melbourne, Australia, later joining The Dayton Journal-Herald, in Ohio, 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 then 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 winning a number of awards for journalism, including 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, New York, and raised in the Urbana, Ohio, 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.
Amanda Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist and editor, and former foreign correspondent with a longtime interest in issues of free press and safety. She joined CPJ’s board in 2016.
Bennett was named director of Voice of America in March 2016. She is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. Through 2013, Bennett was executive editor of Bloomberg News, where she created and ran a global investigative team and co-founded Bloomberg News’ Women’s project. She was previously editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky. Bennett also served as managing editor/projects for The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon.
Krishna Bharat is a distinguished digital innovator with an interest in journalism and how the intersection of journalism and technology affects journalists around the globe. He joined CPJ’s board in 2016.
Bharat founded Google News, an automated news service aggregating more than 50,000 sources with 72 editions in over 30 languages. Bharat received the 2003 World Technology Award for Media & Journalism while Google News won the Webby Award in the news category. Until recently, he was a distinguished scientist at Google. Bharat now sits on the boards of Columbia School of Journalism and the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.
Diane Brayton became executive vice president and general counsel of The New York Times Company in January 2017. In her role, she provides legal counsel to the company’s board of directors and senior management and leads a legal team that advises on, among other areas, media and intellectual property law, corporate governance and securities matters, commercial transactions, employment and labor relations, and litigation management. Brayton has served as the Times Company’s corporate secretary since 2011.
Previously, Brayton served as the Times Company’s deputy general counsel. In 2009, she served as assistant secretary and assistant general counsel. She joined the Times Company in 2004 as counsel and was promoted to senior counsel in 2007.
Prior to working at the Times Company, Brayton was vice president and counsel in the legal department of Credit Suisse First Boston from 2002 to 2004 and an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York, Moscow and London from 1997 to 2002. From 1996 to 1997, she was a clerk for the Honorable W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals, for the Fifth Circuit.
Brayton received a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996, where she graduated with honors. She joined CPJ’s board in 2019.
Susan Chira is the editor-in-chief of the Marshall Project. She previously wrote on gender issues for The New York Times, where, until 2016, she was a deputy executive editor. She has spent her career at the Times in a variety of editing and reporting positions. She joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2015.
As foreign editor from 2004 through 2011, Chira directed coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the eruption of the Arab Spring, and the nuclear catastrophe in Japan. Coverage she oversaw as foreign editor earned the Times four Pulitzer Prizes and countless other awards. Along the way, she learned firsthand about threats to reporters’ safety and the need for rigorous security.
Chira previously served as editor of the Times‘ Week in Review section, deputy foreign editor, editorial director of book development, national education correspondent, and Tokyo correspondent. She also worked as a reporter in the paper’s Metropolitan and Business Day sections.
Chira is the author of “A Mother’s Place,” a book about working motherhood. She is married and the mother of two children.
Sheila Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, the Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism, and Dean of Academic Affairs 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 President Ferdinand Marcos gradually lost political power, Coronel reported on human rights abuses, the growing democratic movement, and the 1986 election of Corazon Aquino as president. She later joined 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, she covered seven attempted coups against the Aquino government.
Coronel joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2007 and later began serving the organization as a senior advisor. She was re-elected to the board in 2019.
In 1989, Coronel and her colleagues founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to promote investigative reporting in the region. Under her leadership, the center became a premier investigative reporting institution.
Coronel joined the faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2006 and became the Dean of Academic Affairs in 2014. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including “Coups, Cults & Cannibals: Chronicles of a Troubled Decade (1982-1992),” a collection of Filipino reporting; “The Rulemakers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress”; and “Pork and Other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.”
For more than 20 years, Anne Garrels was a roving correspondent for National Public Radio’s foreign desk. There she covered the fall of the Soviet Union, Tiananmen Square, the 1991 Gulf War, global water issues, and the breakup of Yugoslavia. She worked as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief from 1993 to 1997. She has been a recipient of the most prestigious awards for broadcast journalism.
Following 9/11, Garrels reported for NPR from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Israel. She earned particular recognition for her coverage in Iraq of the run-up to the U.S. invasion and her on-the-ground reporting during the U.S. bombing campaign. After the campaign, she remained in Iraq for another five years. Her early experiences there are chronicled in her 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 joined CPJ’s board of directors in 1999. She is also on the board of Oxfam America.
Cheryl Gould, who joined CPJ’s board of directors in 1996, served as senior vice president of NBC News from 2005 until her retirement in 2014. Prior to this role, she was vice president of the news division for 12 years.
Gould also served as vice president of CNBC, concentrating on primetime and weekend program development. Her portfolio includes business development, the archives and its derivative businesses, media management, and intellectual property issues.
Gould joined NBC News in 1977 as a field producer and radio reporter for its Paris bureau, later becoming a producer for 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 then 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, among them “D-Day Plus 40,” a documentary commemorating the anniversary of the Normandy invasion, anchored by Tom Brokaw.
In 1984, Gould joined “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” as acting executive producer, the first woman in the industry to fill such a role. In 1985 she became the broadcast’s senior producer, a position she held until 1996. In 1989 she won an Emmy Award for the broadcast’s coverage of the Romanian Revolution.
Gould graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University in 1974 and began her broadcasting career as a radio reporter in Rochester, New York. Before joining NBC, she was an on-air reporter for WOKR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Rochester.
Gould has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, and on MSNBC.com. She has also served on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
Lester Holt is an award-winning journalist and anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” the network’s flagship broadcast. Holt also leads NBC News’ special reports, breaking news, prime-time political coverage, and anchors “Dateline NBC,” which is currently in its 27th season.
Holt was named to the role of “NBC Nightly News” anchor in June 2015 after eight years as anchor of “NBC Nightly News” weekend editions and 12 years as co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY.” In addition, Holt has served as principal anchor of “Dateline NBC” since September 2011. Holt joined NBC News in 2000 as an anchor on MSNBC.
Holt has spent his over four decades in journalism focused on the most important issues impacting Americans and their families. He has been one of the leaders in reporting on the criminal justice system and the efforts to reform it. In 2019, “NBC Nightly News” launched a series, “Justice for All,” which focuses on unjust sentencing and unreliable convictions, highlighting the stories of the wrongfully convicted and new ways of seeking justice.
Most recently, Holt traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam to lead NBC News’ coverage of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s second meeting. Holt was also on the ground in Singapore for the two leaders’ first meeting last year. Holt also traveled to London and Helsinki in July of 2018 to lead NBC News’ coverage of President Trump’s first trip to the United Kingdom and the president’s summit with President Putin in Finland. For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Holt travelled to PyeongChang where he anchored NBC News’ coverage of the games.
He reported from Manchester, Brussels and Paris on the terrorist attacks that took place across Europe. Previously, Holt anchored from South Africa during the Nelson Mandela memorial service; reported from the streets of Cairo on the latest political and civil unrest in Egypt during the Arab Spring; covered the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan; and reported on the immediate aftermath and response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Holt was selected to moderate the first presidential debate of 2016, which was the most-watched debate in American history.
Before becoming co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY” in 2003, Holt anchored “Lester Holt Live,” a daily news show on MSNBC. Holt served as a primary anchor for MSNBC’s coverage of major news events, including the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan, and he was the lead daytime anchor for MSNBC’s coverage of the 2000 presidential election.
Holt came to MSNBC after 14 years at WBBM-TV in Chicago. Previously, Holt worked as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City and sister station KCBS-TV in Los Angeles as a reporter and weekend anchor. His work has been recognized with numerous honors, including multiple Emmy Awards and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award.
In 2018, Holt was awarded the Los Angeles Press Club’s Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, and the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Journalism from the National Press Foundation. The year prior, Holt was honored with Quinnipiac University’s Fred Friendly First Amendment Award. In April 2016, Holt received several notable designations: he was featured on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list and The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful People in New York list, and he was named “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists. He was named to Variety’s New York Power List in September 2016.
Holt studied government at California State University in Sacramento. He resides in New York City with his wife.
Holt is on Twitter at @LesterHoltNBC.
Jonathan Klein is co-founder and chairman of the global digital media company Getty Images, the world’s premier creator and distributor of still imagery, video, and music. He joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2011.
Klein served as the company’s CEO until 2015. His strategic vision has led the company’s growth from an analog image collection with transparencies, laboratories, and print catalogs in 1995 to the award-winning, multi-billion-dollar global e-commerce business it is today. He 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, a founding CPJ board member, is The New Yorker‘s European correspondent 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 an American militia leader and his followers. Her other books include “The Last Cowboy” and “Europeans.”
Kramer’s work has 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. She has also served on the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Institute for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Kramer has taught at both Princeton University and the University of California at Berkeley. She is a graduate of Vassar College and received a master’s degree in English from Columbia University before starting her career in journalism.
Mhamed Krichen is a Doha-based anchor and program host for Al-Jazeera. He joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2011.
Krichen joined the news channel at its inception in 1996. From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of Al-Jazeera’s editorial board, and has run courses for its Training and Media Development Center since 2005. For the last decade, he has been a weekly political columnist for the London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi. He has interviewed numerous heads of state and other prominent international figures and has reported from Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia, among other nations.
Krichen’s professional career is divided evenly between 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 for 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. He later moved to radio, becoming a reporter for Radio Netherlands, Monte Carlo Middle East Radio, and Radio Tunis. In 1992, he shifted to television as a correspondent for the London-based MBC, then as a newscaster for BBC Arabic. Krichen’s defense of press freedom in his native Tunisia has made him the target of vilification by newspapers affiliated with the former Ben Ali regime.
Krichen is the author of “The PLO: History and Factions” (1986) and “Al-Jazeera and Its Sisters” (2006), a collection of essays on the Arab media.
As chief content officer for Univision Communications, the leading Spanish-language media company serving Hispanic America, and Grupo Televisa in Mexico, the largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, Isaac Lee was responsible for ensuring both companies maintain an integrated focus on each of their audiences and work together to provide viewers with satisfactory programming. He stepped down from the roles in July 2018. Prior to this, Lee was chief news, entertainment, and digital officer at Univision, during which he oversaw news, entertainment, and digital operations across the enterprise.
Before this, Lee was president of news and digital for Univision and CEO of Fusion, a news, pop culture, and satire TV and digital network owned by Univision and Disney/ABC. A 24-hour English-language news network, Fusion champions a young, diverse, and inclusive America with a unique mix of original reporting, lifestyle, and comedic content. It is aimed at the growing Latino demographic with the idea of bringing together diverse cultures and giving Latinos a voice in the American conversation.
Lee’s focus and mission is to tell the stories that matter most to the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic community. He has repeatedly 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 was recognized for its quality journalism and commitment to informing its audience, and won Peabody, IRE, and National Headliner Awards for its investigative reporting. The network has also won a Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism, among other prestigious journalism, documentary, and investigative awards.
Prior to joining Univision, Lee led journalistic teams for nearly 15 years at prominent publications, serving Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. and Latin America. He founded the influential magazine PODER and served as its chairman and editor-in-chief from 2005 to 2010.
Lee joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2014. He also serves on the board of The Associated Press, the International Center for Journalists, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He is a member of the Journalism Advisory Board of ProPublica and the advisory board of the Peabody Awards as well.
Rebecca MacKinnon is co-founder of the citizen media organization Global Voices Online. She is 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 joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2009.
MacKinnon lives in Washington, D.C. where she is director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation. The project, launched in 2015, works to set standards for how technology companies should respect freedom of expression and privacy online. Her first book, “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom,” a treatise on the future of liberty in the internet age, was published by Basic Books in 2012.
MacKinnon, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, worked for 12 years at CNN, serving as the network’s bureau chief 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 to 2009, she taught and conducted research at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. MacKinnon is also a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, an organization composed of major technology companies and human rights organizations that have joined together 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. She served as CPJ’s board chair from 1993 to 1997 and has held prominent roles in other organizations as well. From 2003 to 2008, she 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 2002, she was chief advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.
Marton joined CPJ’s board in 1993. She also serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee and the New America Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, PEN International, and the Author’s Guild as well.
Since 1980, Marton has published several books and contributed as a reporter to ABC News, PBS, and National Public Radio. Her work has been published in 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 in 1982. From 1983 until 1984, she was a columnist for The Sunday Times in London. She published her second book, “An American Woman,” in 1987; her third, an investigative history called “The Polk Conspiracy: Murder and Cover-up in the Case of CBS News Correspondent George Polk,” in 1992; and her fourth, “A Death in Jerusalem: The Assassination by Extremists of the First Middle East Peacemaker,” in 1994. Her book, “Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped History,” was published in September 2001 and was a New York Times bestseller. In 2006, Simon and Schuster released her book, “The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World.” Her Cold War memoir, “Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America,” was published in 2009 and was a 2010 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Prize.
From 1995 to 1997, Marton hosted NPR’s “America and the World,” a weekly half-hour broadcast on international affairs. She was also involved in the development of NPR’s program, “All Things Considered.” From 1972 to 1973, she was a reporter for NPR in Washington. From 1973 to 1977, she was a news writer/reporter at WCAU-TV, the CBS-owned-and-operated affiliate in Philadelphia. From 1977 to 1979, she served as ABC’s bureau chief in Germany, during which she reported from Poland, Hungary, Italy, Holland, Northern Ireland, East Germany, and the Middle East.
Marton has been repeatedly honored for her writing, reporting, and human rights advocacy. She received a Peabody Award for a one-hour documentary on China, a Philadelphia Press Association Award for Best Television Feature Story, and a PBS Award for her reporting from China. In 1997, she received the Marc H. Tannenbaum Foundation Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding and the Athens -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, the Edith Wharton Award for Journalism, and the Woodhull Institute’s Changemakers Award for Ethical Leadership in the Arts. In 2007, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research honored her with its Special Cultural Award. In 2008, she was presented the Leadership Award for Media by the Merage Foundation for the American Dream. The president of the Republic of Hungary also awarded her the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of The Republic of Hungary.
Marton attended Wells College in New York, the Sorbonne, and the Institute des Etudes de Science Politiques in Paris. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Romance languages along with a master’s in international relations from George Washington University. In 1988, she was a Gannett Fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She has received honorary doctorates from both Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and Skidmore College in New York.
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 also authored “The Fix,” a critical study of the U.S. war on drugs that was named co-winner of Washington Monthly‘s Political Book Award in 1998.
Massing is a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and remains a contributing editor for the publication. He also served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and the Columbia School for International and Public Affairs.
Massing is a co-founder of CPJ as well as 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, he was awarded an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship; in 1992, he was named a MacArthur Fellow; and in 2010, he was named a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2005, Massing received the Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting on the News.
Geraldine Fabrikant Metz is a contract writer for The New York Times. She joined CPJ’s board of directors in 1999.
Previously, Fabrikant 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 BusinessWeek, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter.
Fabrikant 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.
Matt Murray is editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, responsible for all global newsgathering and editorial operations.
Murray previously served as executive editor from 2017, and had been deputy editor in chief since 2013. He joined Dow Jones & Company in 1994 as a reporter for the Pittsburgh bureau.
He is the author of “The Father and the Son” and the co-author, with former New York City fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen, of “Strong of Heart.”
He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and lives in New York with his family.
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 Graduate School of Journalism, where he directs the Delacorte Center of Magazines and chairs the Columbia Journalism Review.
In the 1960s, Navasky was founding editor and publisher of Monocle, a “leisurely quarterly of political satire,” which was published twice a year. In the 1970s, he served as an editor for The New York Times Magazine. His books include “Kennedy Justice; Naming Names,” which won a National Book Award; and, with Christopher Cerf, “The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium to Authoritative Misinformation.” Navasky and Cerf also wrote “Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War In Iraq.” Navasky’s “A Matter of Opinion” won the 2005 George Polk Book Award and the 2006 Ann M. Sperber Prize.
Navasky is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a founding board member of CPJ.
Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, has been a Chicago Tribune columnist and member of its editorial board since 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services to more than 180 newspapers. He joined CPJ’s board of directors in 1999.
Page has been a frequent panelist on “The McLaughlin Group,” “Hardball with Chris Mathews,” National Public Radio, and Black Entertainment Television. He was a regular contributor of essays to the “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS and is a frequent guest on national news programs on all of the major networks.
Page began his career in journalism in 1969 first as a reporter and later as an assistant city editor at the Chicago Tribune. In 1980, he joined WBBM-TV in Chicago as director of community affairs and later as an on-air reporter, before rejoining the Chicago Tribune in 1984.
His 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 also 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 as well.
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. In 1996, he authored “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 is executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the Times in 2018, Pearlstine served as chief content officer and then vice-chairman of Time Inc. Prior to that, he was chief content officer at Bloomberg L.P.
For nearly five decades, Pearlstine has worked as a reporter and editor. He was editor in chief of Time Inc. from 1995 to 2005 before becoming a senior advisor to Time Warner. At Time Inc. Pearlstine oversaw the editorial content of 154 magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, In Style, Money, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated and Time. Previously, Pearlstine worked for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, The Asian Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal/Europe. He also launched Smart Money magazine for Dow Jones & Co. and Hearst Corp. Pearlstine is the author of “Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources,” published in 2007.
Pearlstine is the recipient of numerous honors, including the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame, the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Business & Financial Journalism, and the National Press Foundation’s Editor of the Year Award.
Pearlstine received his B.A. from Haverford College, his L.L.B. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he did postgraduate work at the law school of Southern Methodist University.
Lydia Polgreen is head of content for Gimlet Media. She served as editor-in-chief of HuffPost from December 2016 to March 2020 after spending nearly 15 years at The New York Times, where she led an initiative to expand its audience outside the United States, with an initial focus on Latin America. Previously, Polgreen was deputy international editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau, and chief of the West Africa bureau.
Before joining the Times, Polgreen was a reporter in Florida and New York State. She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for The Washington (D.C.) Monthly.
Polgreen was a 2006 recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting in recognition of her travels deep into the war-torn western regions of Sudan to report on the carnage in Darfur. She received the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting for her series “The Spoils,” an account of how mineral wealth has brought misery and exploitation to much of Africa. In 2007, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Polgreen joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2018.
Ahmed Rashid is one of the world’s leading experts on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Taliban. Journalist Christopher Hitchens has called him “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter.” Rashid joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2009.
Rashid is the author of several 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, the book became a much-used guide to understanding the Taliban in their wake. He has written three other 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.”
A champion of local media development, Rashid donated a third of the profits from “Taliban” to create the Open Media Fund for Afghanistan. He also enlisted the help of the Open Society Institute, AOL Time Warner Foundation, and Internews Network to provide financial support for local Afghan journalists. Until 2004, Rashid was the Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review. He frequently contributes to both the U.S. and British media, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books, The Daily Telegraph, and the London Evening Standard. In 2009 and 2010, Foreign Policy magazine named Rashid one of its 100 Leading Global Thinkers.
David Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer at the magazine since 1992. He has written many pieces for the magazine, including reporting from Russia, the Middle East, and Europe, as well as profiles of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, Mike Tyson, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, and Benjamin Netanyahu. He joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2015.
Remnick began his reporting career as a staff writer at The Washington Postin 1982, where he covered stories for the Metro, Sports, and Style sections. In 1988, he started a four-year tenure as a Washington Post Moscow correspondent, an experience that formed the basis of his 1993 book on the former Soviet Union, “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.” In 1994, the book received both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.
Since Remnick became editor, The New Yorker has garnered 149 nominations for National Magazine Awards and, of those, won 37. In 2001 and again in 2005, the magazine won an unprecedented five National Magazine Awards; in 2014, the magazine won four awards. In 2000, Remnick was named Advertising Age‘s Editor of the Year.
Remnick has written six books: “Lenin’s Tomb,” “Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia,” “King of the World” (a biography of Muhammad Ali), “The Bridge,” (a biography of U.S. President Barack Obama), “The Devil Problem,” and “Reporting,” collections of some of his pieces from the magazine. Remnick has also edited anthologies of New Yorker pieces, including “Life Stories,” “Wonderful Town,” “The New Gilded Age, “Fierce Pajamas,” “Secret Ingredients,” and “Disquiet, Please!”
Remnick has contributed to The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic. He has been a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught at Princeton, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1981, and Columbia. He lives in New York with his wife, Esther Fein; they have three children, Alex, Noah, and Natasha.
Maria Teresa Ronderos, a Colombian journalist and the former director of the Open Society Foundation’s program on independent journalism, is founding a Latin American cross-border investigative reporting center while working as a columnist for the Colombian daily El Espectador.
Previously, Ronderos worked at Semana, Colombia’s leading news magazine, where she served in a range of senior editorial roles. Together with the Ideas for Peace Foundation, she was the creator and editor-in-chief of VerdadAbierta, a website covering armed conflict in Colombia. She is the author of the bestselling book “Guerras Recicladas,” for which she was awarded the Simon Bolivar National Award for “Journalist of the Year” in 2014.
Ronderos serves on the board of the Garcia Marquez Iberoamerican Foundation for New Journalism (now called the Gabo Foundation). She has trained professional Latin American journalists and led workshops, online courses, and seminars on investigative journalism, politics, and economic issues.
Ronderos has received the King of Spain Iberoamerican Award and the Columbia University Maria Moors Cabot Award, and was a 2012 visiting fellow at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. She joined CPJ’s board in 2019.
Alan Rusbridger was editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media from 1995 to 2015. He was also a member of the Scott Trust, the organization that owns The Guardian, until 2016. In October 2015, he became principal of Lady Margaret Hall, a college at the University of Oxford, and in 2016, he became chairman of the university’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Born in Zambia, Rusbridger graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1976 with a degree in English. His career began at the U.K.’s Cambridge Evening News, where he trained as a reporter before joining The Guardian in 1979 as a feature writer and diary columnist. In 1986, he left the paper to become a TV critic for The Observer; a year later, he became the London Daily News‘ Washington correspondent. In 1989, he returned to The Guardian as a feature writer and soon transitioned from writing to editing.
As editor-in-chief, Rusbridger oversaw The Guardian‘s integration of print and digital operations, aiding in the paper’s establishment as the third largest English-language newspaper website in the world, with 100 million unique browsers every month.
In 2013, The Guardian broke a number of exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked to the paper by Edward Snowden. As a result, the paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting in 2014. That same year, The Guardian was named newspaper and website of the year at the British Press Awards. It has also been awarded the European Press Prize and the Ortega y Gasset Award for journalism.
Rusbridger and Guardian reporter Nick Davies received the U.K.’s Media Society Award for their coverage of the News of the World phone hacking story in 2012. Rusbridger was also awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism by Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Centre that same year.
Under Rusbridger’s editorship, The Guardian 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.
In 2012, CPJ honored Rusbridger with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award at the 22nd Annual International Press Freedom Awards. He joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2014.
As Global Broadcast project manager at Bloomberg News, Karen Amanda Toulon works with editorial and research teams worldwide to enhance Bloomberg’s cross-platform staff development and coverage of global events. From 2007 to 2015, Toulon served as the outlet’s New York bureau chief. Her previous roles include executive editor, Global Newsmakers; team leader, U.S. Broadcast Interviews; and team leader, U.S. Affiliate TV.
Toulon joined Bloomberg News in 1999 after positions at Reuters, CNBC, and the CBS Radio Network. From 1995 to 1999, she was managing editor of Reuters Financial TV and deputy managing editor of Reuters America. At CNBC from 1989 to 1994, Toulon was one of two supervising producers for daytime TV, after many years of line producing. At CBS from 1986 to 1988, she worked with “Business Update,” a business news broadcast produced by CBS for American Public Radio.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Toulon earned a master’s degree in science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Toulon joined CPJ’s board in 2017. She is also the chair of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Board and the secretary of the Overseas Press Club Foundation Board. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She is active in Bloomberg’s leadership programs for children and young adults.
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and is co-founder and chair of the US Impact Investing Alliance.
Before joining Ford, Walker was vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs including the Rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation–Harlem’s largest community development organization–he oversaw a comprehensive revitalization strategy, including building over 1,000 units of affordable housing and the first major commercial development in Harlem since the 1960s. Earlier, he had a decade-long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS.
Walker joined CPJ’s board in 2018. He co-chairs New York City’s Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and serves on the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island Correctional Institution and the UN International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. He also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall and the High Line. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of 13 honorary degrees and university awards, including the DuBois Medal from Harvard University.
Educated exclusively in public schools, Walker was a member of the first class of Head Start in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, which in 2009 recognized him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award–its highest alumni honor. He has been included on numerous annual media lists, including TIME‘s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Rolling Stone‘s 25 People Shaping the World, Fast Company‘s 50 Most Innovative People, and OUT Magazine‘s Power 100.
Roger M. Widmann is chairman of Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE), a real estate investment trust in New York. He joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2018 and is also a board member of Standard Motor Products, Inc., a leading supplier of automobile aftermarket parts.
Widmann began his career in 1964 as an SEC trial attorney. Later, as vice president of New Court Securities Corporation (now Rothschild, Inc.), he completed a series of venture capital and merger and acquisition transactions. He was also senior vice president at investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he was responsible for the firm’s domestic and international investment banking business.
From 1986 to 1995, Widmann was senior managing director at Chemical Securities Inc., a subsidiary of Chemical Banking Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase Corporation), where he established the bank’s fee-based corporate finance business and was responsible for projects from the U.S. and South America to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He was a senior moderator at the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminars from 1988 to 2014 and was president of the March of Dimes of Greater New York from 1987 to 1995.
Widmann was a founder and CEO of First Reserve Corporation, the largest independent energy investing firm in the U.S. From 1996 to 2004, he was principal of the investment banking firm Tanner & Co., Inc., where he advised, negotiated, and evaluated corporations ranging from Fortune 200 companies to mid-size firms. He was chairman of Lydall, Inc., a manufacturer of thermal, acoustical and filtration materials in Connecticut, from 1998 to 2004, and a board member since 1974. He was also a board member of Paxar Corporation, in New York, the largest manufacturer of labeling systems, until its sale in 2007. He was a director of both First Reserve Corporation in Connecticut from 1980 until 1995 and of Weatherford Enterra in Texas from 1993 to 1998.
From 2005 to 2016, Widmann was a director of Oxfam America, an affiliate of Oxfam International, the global anti-poverty and crisis relief organization. He earned his bachelor’s, cum laude, from Brown University, and a juris doctor from Columbia Law School in New York.
Jon Williams joined RTÉ, Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster, in late 2016 as its managing director of news and current affairs. Prior to that role, Williams was ABC News’ managing editor for international news since March 2013. He has been involved in covering some of the biggest stories in the United Kingdom and around the world for more than 20 years.
Williams joined CPJ’s board in 2017 after serving as an ex officio member.
Prior to his role with ABC News, Williams spent seven years as world editor at the BBC, where he managed a staff of 200 people in 30 different countries, shaping the organization’s news coverage and strategy. He has traveled extensively to Afghanistan, China, and the Middle East.
Williams led the BBC’s coverage of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Israel-Lebanon War, the 2008 Olympics, and the U.S. presidential elections. In 2007, the BBC’s coverage of the Israel-Lebanon conflict won an international Emmy in the news category. He also oversaw the organization’s reporting of the civil war in Syria, which was honored with the 2013 International Prize by the Royal Television Society.
As the executive running the BBC’s field operations, Williams led crisis management teams following the murder of one colleague by terrorists and the five-month kidnapping of another, which ultimately ended with his safe return. He served as the BBC’s U.K. news editor during the 2005 general election and the terror attacks on the London transport network, which was recognized with a BAFTA award.
From 2000 to 2003, he served as the main broadcast producer on the BBC’s “Six O’Clock News”–the U.K.’s most-watched news program–during 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003, an investigation into racism in Northern Ireland received a Royal Television Society Award. Before joining the BBC, Williams worked for ITN, where he played a central role in the launch of Channel 5 News in 1996.
In 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named Williams (@WilliamsJon) one of the “Top 100 Twitterati.”
Williams studied at Manchester University, where he was awarded a bachelor’s in politics and modern history. He is a native of Liverpool.
Matthew Winkler is editor-in-chief emeritus 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, governments, financial, and commodity markets as well the arts, sports, politics, and policy. Winkler served as the outlet’s editor-in-chief from its inception in 1990 to 2015.
Winkler joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2007 and later began serving the organization as a senior advisor. He was re-elected to the board in 2019.
From 1976 to 1977, Winkler worked as a reporter for the Ohio-based Mount Vernon News. He then worked as a public relations specialist for Gehrung Associates in Keene, New Hampshire, from 1977 to 1978, and a reporter and assistant editor for the New York-based paper The Bond Buyer from 1978 to 1980. Between 1980 and 1990, Winkler was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and other news services of its parent company, 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, while from 1982 to 1987 he served as European financial correspondent for The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Wall Street Journal in London. From 1991 to 1994, while editing Bloomberg News, he wrote the “Capital Markets” column for Forbes magazine. Winkler also co-authored “Bloomberg by Bloomberg,” published in 1997 by John Wiley & Son.
In 2003, Winkler received the New York Financial Writers’ Association’s Elliott V. Bell Award for making a “significant long-term contribution to the advancement of financial journalism.” Over 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.
Born in New York City in 1955, Winkler 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.
CPJ’s senior advisers include leading journalists and others whose advice and service greatly benefit the organization.
Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s award-winning, flagship global affairs program “Amanpour.” She joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2005 and later began serving the organization as a senior advisor.
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 hot spots, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Asia, Rwanda, the Balkans, and the U.S. during Hurricane Katrina. She has also interviewed many world leaders over the past two decades, including securing the only interview with Hosni Mubarak and an exclusive with Muammar Qaddafi during the eruption of the Arab Spring.
Amanpour has received every major broadcast award, including an inaugural Television Academy Award, nine News and Documentary Emmys, four 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 that year’s 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 an honorary citizen of Sarajevo.
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 bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Tom Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, is a special correspondent for NBC News and a former anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.” In his current role, he produces long-form documentaries and provides expertise during election coverage and breaking news events for the program.
Brokaw joined CPJ’s board of directors in 1993 and began serving the organization as a senior advisor in 2007. He began his journalism career in 1964 at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska. He then anchored the late evening news on Atlanta’s WSB-TV in 1965 before joining Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV in 1966. That same year, Brokaw was hired by NBC News, later becoming the anchor of their “Today” program in 1976. In 1982, he became the co-anchor of “NBC Nightly News” alongside Roger Mudd, the next year becoming the sole anchor of the program. Brokaw would then hold this position for 21 years until stepping down in 2004.
From June 2008 to 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 its moderator, 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. He has 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.”
Brokaw has an impressive series of “firsts” as an anchor, including the first U.S. one-on-one with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev. Brokaw was also the first and only anchor to report from the ground 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. In 2003, Brokaw was the first American anchor to report that the Iraq War had begun, and in April of that year, he landed the first television interview with President George W. Bush after he declared the end of major combat.
Brokaw was the only network evening news anchor to report from Normandy, France, during the D-Day 60th Anniversary ceremonies in 2004. In so doing, he also secured exclusive interviews with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris and U.S. President George W. Bush at the American Cemetery Normandy Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer. Earlier that same year, Brokaw traveled to the Asian subcontinent to report on the challenges Pakistan and Afghanistan faced as they fought the war on terror. In addition to interviewing both Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Afghan President Hamid Karzai while there, Brokaw joined the Pakistani army in their hunt for Al-Qaeda in the mountainous terrain along nations’ shared border. He also reported from southeastern Afghanistan, at the base of the 10th Mountain Division, where U.S. soldiers were not only hunting for Al-Qaeda, but trying to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people as well.
Brokaw has a distinguished record as a U.S. political reporter. He has interviewed every president since Lyndon B. Johnson and covered every presidential election since 1968. He was NBC’s White House correspondent during the Watergate scandal (1973-1976), and from 1984 to 2004 anchored all of NBC’s political coverage, including primaries, national conventions, and election nights. He has 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 bestselling 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 bestselling book “A Long Way from Home,” a reflective look at growing up in the American Heartland, was released. In his fifth bestselling book, “BOOM! Voices of the Sixties,” Brokaw shares memories and reflections of the time based on his experiences and over 50 interviews with a wide variety of both well-known and lesser-known people.
He has received countless honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and an induction as a fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Brokaw has also received the Records of Achievement Award from the Foundation for the National Archives; the Gorge Catlett Marshall Medal from the Association of the U.S. Army, its highest honor; and the West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award. He has earned a dozen Emmys and two Peabody and duPont awards for his journalistic achievements as well. From 2000 to 2003, “NBC Nightly News” won four consecutive Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Newscast.
James C. Goodale, a leading First Amendment and communications lawyer, joined CPJ’s board of directors in 1989 and served as its board chair from then until 1994. During his tenure, he built CPJ into a significant international force to release imprisoned journalists. He substantially increased the organization’s budget and enlisted powerful members to join him on its board, including Tom Brokaw, Anthony Lewis, and Kati Marton.
From 1967 to 1980, Goodale served as general counsel to and vice chairman of The New York Times. In 1971, he defended the Times in the Pentagon Papers Supreme Court case and won a resounding victory. The case’s outcome prevented the federal government from exercising prior restraint (censorship). Another of his cases, the landmark reporter’s privilege case to protect reporters’ sources, Branzburg v. Hayes, went to the Supreme Court the following year. Goodale’s article in Hastings Law Journal in 1975, an interpretation of Branzburg v. the U.S., spawned over 1,000 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.”
Goodale brought reporter’s privilege and other First Amendment issues to the attention of lawyers and courts nationwide by means of his high-profile cases and creation of 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.”
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 to 2010, he produced and hosted a television show in New York called “Digital Age,” about the influence of the digital revolution on media, society and politics. Ben Bradlee, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., Henry Kissinger, Tom Brokaw, Michael Bloomberg, and others appeared as guests on the show.
He has taught First Amendment and communications law at Yale, New York University, and Fordham University law schools for over 30 years and published nearly 200 articles on the First Amendment as well as two books: “The New York Times v. The U.S.” and “All About Cable,” a reference book that has been cited twice in the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2001, the Columbia Journalism Review named Goodale one of the 200 leaders who shape the national media agenda. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Goodale is a graduate of Yale and the University of Chicago Law School.
Steven L. Isenberg is a visiting professor of the humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2009 to 2013, he was the executive director of the PEN American Center, the largest chapter of International PEN, the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization. He has held important posts in journalism, government, law, and academia over the years. He was publisher of Newsday, The Stamford Advocate, and Greenwich Time, and the executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times.
Isenberg joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2002 and became a senior advisor in 2008. He also serves on the board of Adelphi University on Long Island, New York, where he was interim president from 1999 to 2000.
Isenberg teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously taught at the University of California at Berkeley as a visiting professor of English and journalism; Yale as a visiting lecturer; Davidson College as the James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy; and the New School as a visiting scholar in media studies. He holds an honorary doctorate from Adelphi University.
Prior to working in journalism, 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 also served as president of the executive advisory board of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley.
Isenberg obtained a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962; a second bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree (also in English literature) from Worcester College, Oxford University, England, in 1966; and a juris doctor from Yale Law School in 1975. He is also an honorary fellow of Worcester College, Oxford University, England.
David Marash is a veteran broadcast journalist turned teacher and trainer of young journalists. He joined CPJ’s board in 1981 and has since become a senior advisor for the organization.
Marash’s work has appeared on PBS/AARP’s “Inside E Street” and PBS’s “WorldFocus.” He was Al-Jazeera English’s Washington anchor from 2006 to 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 as well.
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 1973 to 1978 and 1981 to 1982, he anchored the news for WCBS-TV’s New York program. From 1983 to 1985, he was an investigative reporter for WNBC-TV’s New York program and a contributing reporter for NBC Weekend News and NBC Sports. From 1985 to 1989, he was an anchor for WRC-TV, Washington.
Marash has published articles in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Carnegie Foundation’s 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. He joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2000 and later began serving the organization as a senior advisor.
Overby is also chief executive officer of the Newseum, the interactive museum of news, which opened in 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, Mississippi. Under his leadership, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1983 for news and editorials on education reform in Mississippi. He also worked for 16 years as reporter, editor, and corporate executive for Gannett Co., the nation’s largest newspaper company. He was vice president of news and communications for Gannett and served on the management committees for Gannett and USA Today as well.
As a reporter, Overby covered the White House, presidential campaigns, Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He serves on the board of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the foundation board of the University of Mississippi, his alma mater, and is a former member of the Board of Regents at Baylor University.
Dan Rather is a Hall of Fame television and radio correspondent and anchor, and one of the best known journalists in the world. He joined CPJ’s board in 1982 and has since served as a senior advisor for the organization.
He currently hosts AXS TV’s “The Big Interview,” operates 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 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 down in 2005. During his 44 years with CBS News, Rather held many prestigious positions, including co-editor of “60 Minutes;” bureau chief in New Orleans, London, and Saigon; and White House correspondent during the Johnson, Nixon, and Ford administrations. He has interviewed every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower and virtually every major international leader of the past 30 years. He also anchored and reported for CBS News’ “48 Hours” from its premiere in 1988 through 2002, a program he helped create.
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. 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 was the first U.S. anchor on the ground in Belgrade during NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia, reporting for several CBS News broadcasts. He also reported on the pope’s visit to Cuba in 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. He was the first to interview President Bill Clinton following his impeachment by the House as well.
The war on terrorism and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq took Rather to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. In 2003, he secured a 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). In 2004, his all-media exclusive “60 Minutes II” investigative report that revealed abuses at the U.S. military’s Abu Ghraib prison drew worldwide attention and critical acclaim. 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 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), and KTRH Radio in Houston and the Houston Chronicle (1954-55). He became news director of KTRH Radio in 1956 and, from 1960 to 1963, 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.
Rather authored or co-authored seven books, four of which have become New York Times bestsellers. He has received numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards, and citations from scholarly, professional and charitable organizations.
Born in Wharton, Texas, Rather received his 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. The paper won 17 Pulitzer Prizes under his leadership.
Roberts 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 joined CPJ’s board of directors in 1994 and is a former chairman of the organization. He was instrumental in the creation of CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program. In 2014, CPJ’s assistance fund, which provides support to journalists at risk, was renamed the Gene Roberts Emergency Fund.
Roberts has also 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 also 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.
Sandra Mims Rowe served as chair of CPJ’s board from 2011 to 2017 after having joined the board in 2003. Rowe was editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, from 1993 to 2010. Under her leadership, the newspaper won five Pulitzer Prizes, including the Gold Medal for Public Service. She was also the Knight Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University during the 2010-2011 academic year.
From 1984 to 1993, Rowe was executive editor and vice president of The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia, and The Ledger-Star, in Virginia Beach. She was with the two publications for 22 years. The Virginian-Pilot won the Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting, its first in 25 years, under her leadership.
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 awarded her the same title. In 2010, she received the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ National Leadership Award, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s 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 also chairs the board of visitors for the Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University. She is a member of Willamette University’s board of trustees and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s board of visitors as well.
From 1994 to 2003, Rowe served on the Pulitzer Prize’s board and was its chair from 2002 to 2003. She is a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
She is married to Gerard P. Rowe, a lawyer, and is the mother of two daughters, Mims and Sarah.
Paul Steiger is executive chairman of the board of directors of ProPublica, a New York-based non-profit newsroom focused on investigative journalism. He was the founding editor-in-chief, CEO, and president of the outlet from 2008 to 2012. Steiger was previously editor-at-large at The Wall Street Journal, having stepped down in 2007 from a 15-year stint as managing editor and vice president of Dow Jones & Co., the Journal‘s parent 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 the 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 1985. He was appointed managing editor in 1991 and became a vice president in 1992. Editors and news staffs of the European and Asian Journals began reporting to him in 2002. Under his leadership, the Journal‘s reporters and editors won numerous Pulitzer Prizes.
Steiger joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2003 and was elected CPJ chairman in 2005. That same year, he was honored with the Decade of Excellence Award from the World Leadership Forum. He now serves CPJ as a senior advisor.
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. Later that year, the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA honored him with the Gerald Loeb Award for lifetime achievement. Also in 2002, Steiger 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 also named a 2001-2002 Poynter Fellow by Yale University. In 2007, the National Press Club awarded Steiger the Fourth Estate Award, its highest honor, for “a lifetime of contributions to American journalism.”
In 2001, The National Press Foundation awarded Steiger the George Beveridge Editor of the Year Award for qualities that produce excellence in media. He also won three Gerald Loeb Awards and two John Hancock awards for his economics and business coverage. In 1999, he was elected to the Pulitzer Prize’s board. In 1970, he co-authored the book, “The ’70s Crash and How to Survive It.”
Born in New York City, Steiger graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Brian Williams was the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” from 2004 to 2015. His work covering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath garnered numerous awards including an Emmy, a DuPont, four Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a Peabody. He is currently assigned to breaking news and special events coverage for MSNBC.
Williams joined CPJ’s board of directors in 2007 and later began serving the organization as a senior advisor.
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 this, he was anchor and managing editor of the Saturday edition of “NBC Nightly News” for six years.
Williams’ career in broadcast journalism began in 1981 at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas. After serving as an 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.