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What Alums Say

Ted Regencia ’12 M.S. on Journalism School Opportunities

Anjuli Sastry ’15 M.S. on Discovering New Paths in Journalism

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Alumni Directory

Stay in touch with your classmates and connect with alumni around the world by updating your contact information on the Alumni Community Directory.

Alumni News

Have you written a book? Did your series win an award? Do you have a new job? Tell us and we’ll tell the others through the monthly Alumni E‐Newsletter.

Black Alumni Network

Founded in May 1980 by members of that year’s graduating class, the group has published a monthly newsletter that is sent to 500 alumni and friends in the journalism industry. Readers pay for the newsletter through subscriptions: $25 each year or $45 for two years.

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Alumni Resources

Journalism School alumni have access to an assortment of benefits and services including:

  • Ordering transcripts
  • Book and computer discounts
  • Library and database access
  • Cultural discounts
  • Lodging discounts
  • Access to reception and meeting facilities
  • Lifelong learning programs

See the full array of resources offered by the Columbia Alumni Association.

Career Development

If you are looking to update your skills or find a new job, you will find many ongoing resources within the Office of Career Development. The resources for alumni are password protected and only available to Journalism School graduates. They include:

To explore these resources, you’ll need your UNI. You can also join and search the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism group on LinkedIn.

Alumni Weekend

SAVE THE DATE! Alumni Weekend 2017 will be held April 28-29. Keep checking back here for more details.

Registration Opens February 1 

All alumni are welcome, especially those in the classes ending in 2 and 7. This year, we are making some exciting changes to our two-day program. 

We asked for your feedback so this year we are offering intimate skills sessions, personalized career coaching, and a new pricing system that allows you to partake in as much or as little of Alumni Weekend as you would like. 

Stay tuned for full program details and registration information. In the meantime, feel free to contact us at jalumni@columbia.edu or (212) 854-3864. 

Alumni Board

The Alumni Board is the official link between graduates and the school's faculty, administration and current students. Board members are alumni who are willing to give of their time to help the Alumni Office come up with ways to engage graduates worldwide through programs and services.

See the current board members.

Alumni Awards

December 21, 2016

 

The Alumni Association of the Columbia Journalism School and Dean Steve Coll are proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Alumni Awards.

 

The winners are Matt Bai ’94, national political columnist for Yahoo News; Erika Dilday ’93, the executive director of Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem;  Robin McDowell ’93, investigative reporter for the Associated Press; and James S. Toedtman ’67, former managing editor, Newsday.

 

The awards will be presented on Saturday, April 29, 2017, during Alumni Weekend. The awards ceremony will take place in Low Memorial Library.

 

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The Alumni Awards are presented annually for a distinguished journalism career in any medium, an outstanding single journalistic accomplishment, a notable contribution to journalism education or an achievement in related fields. The awards, which represent recognition of excellence by professional peers, are highly prized by the Journalism School’s alumni, who include many of the most respected members of the profession.

 

The list of past alumni award winners is below.The winners this year were selected by a panel of alumni headed by Karen Toulon ’85, chair of the Alumni Board.

 

Details about each of the four winners:

 

Matt Bai ’94 is the national political columnist for Yahoo News, where his “Political World” column appears every Thursday. Before joining Yahoo at the end of 2013, he was the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, where he covered three presidential campaigns, and a columnist for the Times. He is the author, most recently, of “All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,’’ which looks back at the ruinous scandal involving the presidential candidate Gary Hart in 1987 and how it helped shape the political and media culture for decades after. A screenwriter whose work appeared on the 2016 Black List, which honors the most coveted unproduced scripts in Hollywood, Bai is currently developing two movies, including an adaptation of “All the Truth Is Out.” He began his career at Newsweek and the Boston Globe.

 

Erika Dilday ’93 is the executive director of Maysles Documentary Center, a non-profit community film organization in Harlem dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action. Dilday also serves as a producer for MDC branded documentaries including "In Transit," which won the Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and "Raoul's," currently in production, about the iconic Soho restaurant. Dilday started her career as a producer for Boston Celtics Television in Boston, and has held positions at CNBC, CBS, National Geographic Television and at The New York Times, where she was part of the team that started the Times television channel.  She is currently in a one-year National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program for change leaders around the globe in the fields of arts and culture.

 

Robin McDowell ’93 began her journalism career in Cambodia in 1993, where she helped set up the country's first English-language daily newspaper. Soon after, she joined The Associated Press as chief correspondent in the country. She helped set up the A.P.’s regional editing desk in Thailand in 2005, and spent seven years in the Indonesia bureau. Most recently, McDowell was a correspondent in newly opened up Myanmar. Earlier this year, she was part of a four-person team at the A.P. that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for an investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. The project revealed an industry that relied on trapped and enslaved workers, and the reporters traced the seafood to supermarkets and pet food providers across the U.S. As a result of their reporting, more than 2,000 slaves were rescued. Still with A.P. as an investigative reporter, McDowell is now based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

James S. Toedtman ’67 was a reporter, managing editor, Washington Bureau Chief and associate editor of Newsday and New York Newsday. He also worked for the Hearst Corporation for seven years as executive editor of the Boston Herald and editor of the Baltimore News American. For eight years, he edited the AARP Bulletin, the advocacy organization’s monthly news magazine. His honors include a special citation from the Inter-American Press Association for reporting from Central America, top awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association and a share of three Pulitzer Prizes. He has been a college lecturer and speaker and today directs the Forum on Government Policy and Politics at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

PAST ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS

2016

Solly Granatstein '94

Margo Jefferson '71

David McHam '60

Sree Sreenivasan '93

2015

Raney Aronson '95

Jeff Gottlieb '80

Margaret McBride Lehrman '70

Irena Choi Stern '01

2014

David Bohrman '78

Vanessa Bush '97

Borzou Daragahi '94

Ari Goldman '73

2013

Josh Friedman '68

Abrahm Lustgarten '03

Suzanne Malveaux '91

Janice Min '91

2012

Gail Collins (K-B) '82

Lolis Eric Elie '86

John Fialka '62

Simon Li '70

2011

Rym Ali '94

Bruce Brugmann '58

Rehema Ellis '77

Robert Shaw, Jr. '66

2010

M. Charles Bakst '67

Lydia Polgreen '00

John Quinones '79

Ron Suskind '83

Arnold Zeitlin '56

2009

Myron Belkind '62

James McBride '80

Susan Page '74

Tim Weiner '79

2008

Margaret Drain '76

Walter Mossberg '70

Dele Olojede '88

Kenneth Turan '68

2007

Robert Giles '56

Andrew Meldrum '77

Robert Merry '72

Linda Winslow '67

2006

Alex Belida Jr. '71

Howard Fineman '73

Tom Goldstein '69

Robin Reisig '68

2005

Heidi Evans '84

Dennis Redmont '63

Tom Rosenstiel '80

Joe Saltzman '62

2003

Beverly Deepe-Keever '58

Howard Schneider '67

2002

Mel Gussow '64

Frederick Kempe '77

Rena Pederson '70

Marquita Pool-Eckert '69

2001

Jerome Aumente '60

Philip S. Balboni '71 CFT

Ralph Blumenthal '64

Richard M. Smith '70

2000

Maurine H. Beasley '63

William German '40

Peter Osnos '65

David Perlman '40

1999

David Brown '37

Carl Leubsdorf '60

Allan Sloan '67

1997

Dinah Eng '77

Philip Hamburger '38

1996

Murray Teigh Bloom '38

Jim Detjen '78

Harold K. Douthit '52

John L. Hulteng '47

1995

Soma Golden Behr '62

John J. Curley '63

Alan Emory '47

Paul Friedman '67

1994

Daphne Larkin '75

Robert H. Phelps '50

Dick Schaap '56

Claire Sterling '45

1993

Neil Henry '78

1990

Wayne Barrett '68

Wayne Dawkins '80

1985

John Foley '66

Myron Kandel '53

1983

Geraldine Brooks '83

1966

Elie Abel '42

1963

Judith Crist '45

1958

Fraser Bond '21

Ralph Smith '17

1956

William Dwight '26

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

(please let us know if you can help us identify which years other winners were awarded the prize, at jalumni@columbia.edu)

Carl Ackerman '13

Rym Ali '94

George Allen '54

James Aronson '37

Stanley Asimov '52

Richard T. Baker '37

Lincoln Barnett '32

Edward W. Barrett '33

Luigi Barzini '30

Elliott Bell '25

Theodore Bernstein '25

Kenneth Best '67

Tom Bettag '67

Louis Boccardi '59

Hal Borland '23

James Boylan '51

Ernest Boynton '71

Paul Branzburg '67

Sam Brown '72

Herbert Brucker '24

Hodding Carter '29

Bennett Cerf '20

Lydia Chavez '77

Barbara Stubbs Cohen '68

Bill Corum '21

Hilda Couch '24

Richard Ben Cramer '72

Michele Montas-Dominique '69

Robert Elegant '51

Steve Kroft '75

Reuven Frank '47

Nicholas Gage '64

Robert Garst '24

Maxwell Geffen '16

Emily Genauer '30

Dorothy Gilliam '61

Martin Goodman '57

Beatrice Gould '25

Oliver Gramling '27

Gerald Green '47

Paul Greenberg '57

Vincent Harding '53

George Herman '42

John Hohenberg '27

Jeanette Hopkins '45

Tony Horwitz '83

Henry Beetle Hough '18

Molly Ivins '67

Russell Jandoli '41

Rita Henley Jensen '77

Larry Jinks '56

Donald H. Johnston '50

Tonnie L. Katz, '67

Peter Kihss '33

Anna Kisselgoff '62

Junji Kitadai '63

Woody Klein '52

Clayton Knowles '31

Joan Konner '61

William Kreger '52

Irwin Landau '55

Joseph Lelyveld '60

Irving R. Levine '47

Flora Lewis '42

Stuart Loory '58

Ralph Lowenstein '52

Samuel Lubell '33

Michael Maidenberg '67

Frank Mankiewicz '48

Lester Markel '14

Anthony Marro '68

Betsy Pilat Marston '63

Eve Orlans Mayer '52

B. O. McAnney '41

James B. McClatchy '49

David McClintick '63

Peter S. McGhee '60

Sam McKeel '52

Susan Spencer '69

Foye McNaughton '15

John McWethy '36

Ted Morgan '55

Pat Munroe '41

Charles Murphy '19

Michael Ogden '32

Alan L. Otten '42

Vance Packard '37

Sydney Penner '29

Alice Pitts '17

Frederic Pitts '17

Gabe Pressman '47

John Quinn '46

Samuel Rachlin '77

Narasimhan Ram '68

Bernard Redmont '39

Hugh Robertson '15

Christopher Roper '64

Elliott Sanger '17

Philip Scheffler '51

M. Lincoln Schuster '17

Robert Shaplen '38

Robert Shaw '66

William Shelton '50

Evelina Shmukler '98

Howard Simons '52

Lewis Simons '64

Sree Sreenivasan '93

Joseph Sterne '50

Reginald Stuart '71

Leonard Sussman '41

John Tebbel '37

Alan Temple '17

Hollington Tong '13

Robert Toth '55

Dallas Townsend '41

Lester Trautmann '41

Christopher Trump '62

Doug Tunnell '75

Joseph Ungaro '53

Milton Viorst '56

Betsy Wade '52

Howard Weinberg '65

John Noble Wilford '62

Paul Wilkes '67

Jules Witcover '51

Ahmed Yalman '13

Give Back

As an alum, you can support the future of journalism in many ways:

Hire a Journalism School Graduate 

As an alum of the Journalism School, your achievements build over the years. Many alumni take the opportunity to “pay it forward” as mentors or hiring managers to the next generation. If you are a hiring editor or producer and want to interview Journalism School students for jobs and internships, please contact the Career Development Office, post a listing on our JobNews board or attend our annual Career Expo, the biggest of its kind at any journalism school.

Support the Journalism School

Learn how your donations can extend the mission of the Journalism School. 

Mentor a Current Student 

Through the mentor program, we give you an opportunity to help a current student get a handle on different aspects of the industry and form a professional relationship with a working journalist. The program is currently being revised. 

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