SAVE THE DATE: Alumni Weekend 2018 is April 20-21

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Highlights of Alumni Weekend 2017

Thank you to all who attended Alumni Weekend 2017 in April. It was a huge success, with 623 registering for all or part of it. See more photos of the weekend on Facebook. Feel free to share and tag yourselves. Class photos are near the end of the album.

At the Alumni Awards luncheon, Dean Steve Coll delivered a statement in response to the recent attacks on the press. You can watch his presentation on YouTube, or read the transcript here. A sample: "Recent attacks on the press have actually strengthened the press. Yet I believe we are entering a prolonged struggle. It will ask much more of us yet, I'm afraid.''


Alumni Events

2017 Alumni Award Winners


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!

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.