Welcome Back to 116th & Broadway

Will You Be There?

How long has it been since you toiled away at deadline stories in reporting class or agonized over your master's project deadline? What are your classmates up to after all these years? Alumni Weekend is a great time to rediscover the passions that drove you to come to the J-School in the first place, and the amazing people you met that year. All alumni are welcome, especially those in the reunion class years ending in 2 and 7. SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE DETAILS AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!


You will pay only for events that involve food or drink. ALL OTHER PROGRAMMING WILL BE FREE THIS YEAR, but some programs have limited seating. Register now for discount pricing. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Calling All Authors

If you have had a book published in the last year, let us know at jalumni@columbia.edu. The Columbia Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of alumni books during the weekend.




Need to Know

We'll have receptions and plenty of chances to mingle with your classmates and others, panel discussions, workshops, skills sessions and an awards luncheon. This year, you can sign up for career counseling sessions, but seating will be limited so register early!

Alumni Events



FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

2:30-4:00 PM From Journalist to Author: How to Make the Big Leap 
Sam Freedman, professor, and authors: Joan Quigley, '02, "Just Another Southern Town;" Alia Malek, '06, "The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria;"  Dan Charnas, '07, "The Big Payback''
2:30-4:00 PM The Gift of a Lifetime: The Thoughtful Process of Determining the Ultimate Use of One's Lifework
 Linda Winslow '67 and George Drapeau '77 talk with Ryan Hart, Executive Director of Planned Giving
2:30-4:30 PM * Career Coaching
Eden Abrahams, career coach
2:30-4:00 PM

* Alumni Community Workshop: A How To

Iralba Castillo, assistant alumni relations director

4:00- 5:00 PM Afternoon Tea
5:00- 6:15PM On Covering Race and Equality in the Trump Era
Jelani Cobb professor, J-School; Donovan Ramsey ’12, the Marshall Project; Maria Hinojosa, Latino USA; Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times
5:00- 6:15 PM Covering Religion/Covering the World
Professor Ari Goldman; Michael Gartland '02, the New York Post; Deena Guzder '08, Democracy Now; and Alan Rappeport '02, The New York Times.
6:30-7:30 PM Hearst Digital Media Lecture 
Melissa Bell, publisher and co-founder of Vox Media, and others
7:30-8:30 PM Hearst Digital Media Reception 


Registration Information:
You will pay only for receptions or events that involve food or drink (except the Friday Hearst Digital Media Reception, which has no fee). ALL OTHER PROGRAMMING WILL BE FREE THIS YEAR. 

BOLD means there is a fee associated with this event.

* Asterisk means there is limited seating, so register early for that event. If full, email jalumni@columbia.edu to be put on a waiting list.



8:00-11:00 AM Breakfast
8:30- 9:45 AM Social Media Basics
Sree Sreenivasan '93, Chief Digital Officer, NYC
8:30-10:30 AM * Career Coaching
Eden Abrahams, career coach
10:00-11:30 AM The Press and President Trump
Dean Steve Coll, Matt Bai '94, Yahoo News; Domenico Montanaro '07, NPR; Monica Alba '12, NBC News
10:00-11:30 AM

Immigration: Wars and Walls

Chris Reardon '92, Marian Katzarova '92, Sarah Salvadore '16

11:45AM-12:30 PM Class Photos 
12:30-2:30 PM Alumni Awards Luncheon


4:00 PM

Can Nonprofit News Save Journalism?

David Uberti ’14, CJR; Jenni Monet ’12 MA, Center for Investigative Reporting; Scott Dodd ’07 MA, Grist; Jessica Huseman ’15, ProPublica, Jennifer Mascia ’07, Trace

2:45 -4:00 PM Multimedia Workshop
Mark Hansen, director, Brown Institute
2:45 - 4:00 PM * Alumni Community Workshop: A How To
Iralba Castillo, assistant alumni relations director

2:45 -4:00 PM


2:45 -4:45 PM

Screening of Documentary Projects
People 4 Trump” by Sarah Bellingham '16 and Max Toomey '16; “Born to Stay” by Daniela Cruzat '16 and Farrah Lopez '16


* Career Coaching
Eden Abrahams, career coach

4:15- 5:30 PM  Fake News: The Challenge for Editors and Reporters  
Kyle Pope, editor in chief, Columbia Journalism Review; Kristin Roberts ’98, McClatchy DC; Will Oremus '11 MA, Slate; Patricia Murphy '06, the Daily Beast
4:15- 5:30 PM 

Global Information War

Claire Wardle, First Draft

4:15- 5:30 PM  The Rise of Podcasts
Daniel Alarcon, Radio Ambulante, novelist, professor; Kerry Donahue '99, professor; Matt Collette '14, WNYC 
5:30 PM

J-TEN Reception

5:30 PM 25th/50th Reunion




Make your hotel accommodations in Morningside Heights to get the most out of Alumni Weekend.

The Columbia Alumni Association's Travel and Lodging page lists On-Campus and Off-Campus accomodations, including International House and Union Theological Seminary.
Columbia has negotiated rates with 11 preferred hotels in New York City. The preferred hotels are located throughout Manhattan and offer guests a variety of amenities. For additional information on the Columbia Preferred Hotels, including contact information, rates, blackout dates, a booking tool, and our collegiate reciprocity program can be found by going to the Columbia University Travel Portal.
Columbia Finance has a PDF with 2017 New York City preferred hotel rates. Download the PDF

Class Agents

Get in touch with the point person from your graduating class

65th......1952 Eve Mayer
60th......1957 Jim Ashlock
55th......1962 Myron Belkind Bill Kirtz
50th......1967 Virginia Chappell Jonnet Abbeles
45th......1972 Michael Leary
40th......1977 Frances Hardin Joan Gartlan
35th......1982 Andrea Panciera
30th......1987 Erin Condit Jessica Seigel Dom Bencivenga
25th......1992 JJ Hornblast
20th......1997 Arik Hesseldahl
15th......2002 Syd Steinhardt Nicole Neroulias Gupte
10th......2007 David Ressel
5th......2012 Jake Heller

Alumni Award Winners

Distinguished graduates of the Journalism School will be honored at the Alumni Awards Luncheon, Saturday, April 28. Register here

Basharat Peer ’07 M.A.
Peer is the inaugural recipient of the First Decade Award, given in recognition of contributions to the profession during the first 10 years since graduating from the Journalism School. Peer is an opinion editor at The New York Times. “Curfewed Night,” his first book, an account of war in Kashmir, won India's Crossword Award for Non-Fiction and was chosen by The Economist and The New Yorker among its 2010 Books of the Year. He wrote the screenplay of “Haider,” a Bollywood adaptation of Hamlet set against the insurgency in Kashmir in the 1990s. He has worked as an editor at Foreign Affairs, edited The Times' India Ink blog, and written for The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, Granta, n+1, The New York Times, and The Guardian. “A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen,” his second book, will be published by Columbia Global Reports in March 2017.

Matt Bai '94
Bai 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
Dilday 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
McDowell 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
Toedtman 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.

See you on campus April 28-29. Don't forget to register early!

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.