Alumni Weekend 2019 - Save the Date!

April 26-27, 2019*

Mark your calendar for Alumni Weekend 2019. We'll celebrate the reunion milestone years ending in 9 and 4 on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, with a *bonus brunch on Sunday, April 28. Watch your inbox for more details!

In the meantime, take a peek at what we do during this weekend gathering. Last spring, more than 500 alumni and their guests registered for Alumni Weekend 2018 to gather with classmates and take part in programming featuring other alumni. Class photos and other pictures from the event have been posted on our Facebook page. Photo above by Nicole Bernier '93.

 In addition, these sessions, as well as the Alumni Awards luncheon, were videotaped:

Long Form Narrative: Turning Journalism Into Books

How We Made "RBG,'' a Film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hearst Media Lecture With Craig Silverman

A Year of Trump: Lessons for the Press

#MeToo: How Investigative Journalism Gave Rise to a Movement

Alumni Awards Luncheon 

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Alumni Events

2019 Alumni Awards


Nominate someone for the 2019 Alumni Awards!

The deadline to sumbit a nomination is Friday, Oct. 5


The Columbia Journalism School Alumni Awards are presented every year to distinguished graduates who are selected by their peers. The awards recognize an exemplary body of work or a single outstanding accomplishment in any journalism medium, a notable contribution to journalism education or achievements in related fields. To nominate someone for an Alumni Award, please fill out this form. To nominate someone for the First Decade Award, which recognizes achievement among graduates of the last year, fill out this form. Questions? Email us at


Last year's winners are Neil Barsky ’84, founder and chairman of The Marshall Project; David Gonzalez ’83, reporter and editor of The Lens blog for The New York Times; Alissa Quart ’97, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project; and Sam Roe ’86, investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Please go here to read more about them. Janelle Richards ’10, won the First Decade Award. Also named was Gene Gleeson ’73, who received the Founder’s Award. Read more about them here.


See the list of past winners below, by clicking on the ORANGE ARROWS.

Past Alumni Award Winners

Neil Barsky ’84
David Gonzalez ’83
Alissa Quart ’97
Sam Roe ’86
Founder’s Award: Gene Gleeson ’73
First Decade Award: Janelle Richards ’10

Matt Bai ’94
Erika Dilday ’93
Robin McDowell ’93
James Toedtman ’67
First Decade Award:
Basharat Peer '07

Solly Granatstein ’94
Margo Jefferson ’71
David McHam ’60
Sree Sreenivasan ’93
Founder's Award:
Keith Goggin '91

Raney Aronson ’95
Jeff Gottlieb ’80
Margaret McBride Lehrman ’70
Irena Choi Stern ’01
Dean's Medal:
Wayne J. Dawkins ‘80
Founder's Award:
Eve Orlans Mayer ‘52
Paul Neely ‘70
Innovator's Award:
Walter Mossberg ’70
Kara Swisher ‘85

David Bohrman '78
Vanessa Bush '97
Borzou Daragahi '94
Ari Goldman '73

Josh Friedman '68
Abrahm Lustgarten '03
Suzanne Malveaux '91
Janice Min '91
Dean's Medal:
David Thorne ’71
Founder's Award:
Rick Smith '70

Gail Collins (K-B) ’82
Lolis Eric Elie ’86
John J. Fialka ’62
Simon Li ’70

Rym Ali ’94
Bruce Brugmann ’58
Rehema Ellis ’77
Robert Shaw ’66
Dean's Medal:
Howard Paster ’67
Founder's Award:
Joan Konner '61
Innovator's Award:
Kelly Golnoush
Niknejad ’05 M.S., '06 M.A.

M. Charles Bakst ’67
Lydia Polgreen ’00
John Quiñones ’79
Ron Suskind ’83
Arnold Zeitlin ’56
Dean's Medal:
Michele Montas ’69

Myron Belkind ‘62
James McBride ‘80
Susan Page ’74
Tim Weiner ‘79
Dean's Medal:
Robert H.N. Ho '58

Margaret Drain ’76
Walter Mossberg ’70
Dele Olojede ’88
Evelina Shmukler ’98
Kenneth Turan ’68
Dean's Medal:
Phil Hardberger '60
Founder's Award:
Judith Crist '45

Robert Giles ’56
Andrew Meldrum ’77
Robert Merry ’72
Linda Winslow ’67
Dean's Medal:
Adrian Benepe '81
Founder's Award:
David Brown' 37

Alex Belida Jr. ’71
Howard Fineman ’73
Tom Goldstein ’69
Robin Reisig ’68
Dean's Medal:
Madeleine May Kunin '57

Heidi Evans ’84
Dennis Redmont ’63
Tom Rosenstiel ’80
Joe Saltzman ’62
Dean's Medal:
Daniel J. Edelman, ’41

Kenneth Best '67
Rita Henley Jensen ’77
Michele Montas-Dominque '69
Lewis Simons ’64

Beverly Deepe-Keever ’58
Narasimhan Ram ’68
Howard Schneider ’67

Mel Gussow ’64
Frederick Kempe ’77
Rena Pederson ’70
Marquita Pool-Eckert ’69

Jerome Aumente ’60
Philip S. Balboni ’71 CFT
Ralph Blumenthal ’64
Richard M. Smith ’70

Maurine H. Beasley ‘00
William German ’40
Peter Osnos ’65
David Perlman ’40

David Brown ’37
Carl Leubsdorf ’60
Allan Sloan ’67

Steve Kroft ’75
Michael Maidenberg ’67

Dinah Eng ’77
Philip Hamburger ’38

Murray Teigh Bloom ‘38
Jim Detjin ‘78
Harold K. Douthit ‘52
John L. Hulting ‘47

Soma Golden Behr '62
John Jay Curley ‘63
Alan Emory ‘47
Paul Friedman ‘67

Daphne Larkin ’75
Robert H. Phelps ’50
Dick Schaap ’56
Claire Sterling ’45

Neil Henry ’78
Betsy Pilat Marston ’63
Howard Weinberg ’65

Anna Kisselgoff ’62
Susan Spencer ’69

Wayne Barrett ’68
Wayne Dawkins ’80
Milton Viorst ’56

Samuel Rachlin ’77

Nicholas Gage ’64

Myron Kandel ‘53
John J. Foley ‘66

David McClintick ‘63
Geraldine Brooks ‘83

Larry Jinks ’56
Reginald Stuart ’71

Dorothy Gilliam ’61

Robert Toth ’55

Betsy Wade ’52
Paul Wilkes ’67

Gabe Pressman ’47
Jules Witcover ’51

James Boylan ’51
Stuart Loory ’58
Dallas Townsend ’41

Elie Abel ’42

Judith Crist ’45

Fraser Bond ’21
Ralph Smith ’17

Gerald Green ’47
Ralph Lowenstein ’52
Pat Munroe ’41

William Dwight ’26

Other Award Winners:
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Carl Ackerman ‘13
George Allen ’54
James Aronson ’37
Stanley Asimov ’52
Richard T. Baker ’37
Lincoln Barnett ’33
Edward W. Barrett ’33
Luigi Barzini ’30
Elliott Bell ’25
Theodore Bernstein ’25
Tom Bettag ’67
Louis Boccardi ’59
Hal Borland ’23
Ernest Boynton ’71
Paul Branzburg ’67
Sam Brown ‘72
Herbert Brucker ’24
Hodding Carter ’29

Henry Beetle Hough ’18
Bennett Cerf ’20
Lydia Chavez ’77
Barbara Stubbs Cochran ’68
Bill Corum ’21
Hilda Couch ’24
Richard Ben Cramer ’72
Robert Elegant ’51
Reuven Frank ’47
Robert Garst ’24
Maxwell Geffen ’16
Emily Genauer ’30
Martin Goodman ’57
Beatrice Gould ’25
Oliver Gramling ’27
Paul Greenberg ’57
Vincent Harding ’53
George Herman ’42
John Hohenberg ’27
Jeanette Hopkins ’45
Tony Horwitz ’83
Frank Mankiewicz ’48
Molly Ivins ’67
Russell Jandoli ’41
Donald H. Johnston ’50
Tonnie L. Katz, ’67
Peter Kihss ’33
Junji Kitadai ’63
Woody Klein ’52
Clayton Knowles ’31
William Kreger ’52
Irwin Landau ’55
Joseph Lelyveld ’60
Irving R. Levine ’47
Flora Lewis ’42
Samuel Lubell ’33
Hugh Robertson ’15
Christopher Roper ’64
Lester Markel ’14
Anthony Marro ’68
B. O. McAnney ’41
James B. McClatchy ’49
Peter S. McGhee ’60
Sam McKeel ’52
Foye McNaughton ’15
John McWethy ’36
Ted Morgan ’55
Charles Murphy ’19
Michael Ogden ’32
Alan L. Otten ’42
Vance Packard ’37
Sydney Penner ’29
Alice Pitts ’17
Frederic Pitts ’17
John Quinn ’46
Elliott Sanger ’17
Philip Scheffler ’51
M. Lincoln Schuster ’17
Robert Shaplen ’38
William Shelton ’50
Howard Simons '52
Joseph Sterne ’50
Leonard Sussman ’41
John Tebbel ’37
Alan Temple ’17
Hollington Tong ’13
Lester Trautmann ’41
Christopher Trump ’62
Doug Tunnell ’75
Joseph Ungaro ’53
John Noble Wilford ’62
Ahmed Yalman ’13

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 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.

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.