Dear fellow alumni,
For many of us, the time we spent at the j-school was transformative. The skills we learned, the principles we absorbed, the connections we forged – all that, and more, made Columbia Journalism School a singular experience in our lives. Your alumni board is committed to helping you sustain a connection to that experience. We’re a diverse group representing varied fields of work; we span the globe and the last five decades of j-school classes.
If you’d like to help by joining one of our committees, please let one of us know. Since we’re also here to provide you a place to share your thoughts about the school and its mission, please keep in touch. And if you can do anything to help give others the opportunity that we had to attend the world’s greatest journalism school, please do so.
We encourage you to be an active part of our alumni network.
Rex Smith ’80
Alumni Board Chair
Rex Smith '80, editor and vice president, Albany Times Union, Albany
Andrew Seaman '11, Editorial, LinkedIn, New York
Jessica Baldwin ’88, freelance journalist, London
Lauren Betesh '13, The Hive, Vanity Fair, New York
Elena Bowes '89, freelance culture and travel writer, London
Heather Cabot '93, author, former television correspondent and anchor, New York
Richard Chacón '93, executive director, news content, WBUR, Boston
Rhonda Colvin '13 M.A., video planning editor, The Washington Post, Washington D.C.
Vladimir Duthiers ’11, CBS News correspondent, New York
Scott Dodd ’07 M.A., senior staff editor, The New York Times, New York
Alan Flippen ’86, director of publications for Mount Sinai Health System, New York
Kathy Gest '70, chair, National Press Foundation; public affairs strategist, Washington D.C.
Sophie Guité ’11 Ph.D., portfolio specialist, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, New York
Catherine Herridge ’90, correspondent, CBS News, Washington, D.C.
Linda Himelstein '87, writer/documentary filmmaker, San Francisco
Rishi Iyengar ’14, India Editor, CNNMoney, Delhi, India
Anup Kaphle ’08, Editor-in-Chief, The Kathmandu Post, Katmandu, Nepal
Lila LaHood ’98, publisher, the San Francisco Public Press, San Francisco
Daniel Matamala ’12 M.A. Politics, anchor, CNN Chile. Santiago, Chile
Darren McDermott'92, partner, Brunswick Group, former Wall Street Journal reporter and bureau chief, New York
Tesfaye Negussie ‘08, producer and co-host; ESPN podcast, Connecticut
Andy Reinhardt ’88, Bloomberg, London
Karen Toulon ’85, project manager of global broadcast, Bloomberg News, New York
Volunteer for a Committee
The Alumni Board welcomes your interest in serving on our various committees:
- Admissions – assist with student recruitment
- Development – find ways to fire up the Annual Fund
- Pathways – for alumni transitioning to other careers or no longer in journalism
- J‐Ten – reach out to the 10 most recent graduated classes
- Communications – help the School reach alumni more effectively
- International – connect with international alumni
If you would like to volunteer, e-mail us.