Linda Amster was director of News Research at The New York Times, overseeing the library, morgue, photo library and news research staffs. She was the only researcher on the newspaper’s Pentagon Papers team; wrote the Saturday News Quiz for 16 years and contributed feature articles; edited and assembled four Times cookbooks; and was a post-retirement consultant to The Times on various projects. She is now a freelance researcher.
David A. Andelman is the editor emeritus of World Policy Journal, a quarterly publication of articles and analyses of global affairs. Before joining World Policy Journal in 2008, he was executive editor of Forbes.com; business editor of The New York Daily News; news editor of Bloomberg News; Washington correspondent for CNBC; Paris correspondent for CBS News; and a correspondent for The New York Times, reporting from New York and Washington and serving as Southeast Asia bureau chief and East European bureau chief. Andelman, the author of three non-fiction books, is a former president of the Overseas Press Club.
Betsy Ashton started as a freelancer covering the then-emerging women’s movement for Mutual Radio, then became an Emmy-award-winning radio and TV reporter and anchor in Washington. In 1982, she became consumer correspondent for WCBS-TV in New York and CBS Morning News. Later, she was the host of Moneytalks on FNN. In retirement, she paints
Joseph Berger has been a prize-winning reporter, editor and columnist at The New York Times for more than 30 years, focusing on education, religion and the ethnic and cultural richness of New York City. He retired in 2014, but contributes regularly to The Times and teaches urban affairs at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College. Among his honors, he received the Silurians’ Peter Kihss Award in 2011. Prior to joining The Times in 1984, Berger covered religion at Newsday, then moved to The New York Post, reporting on the 1973 Middle East War and Watergate. He is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir “Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust.”
Suzanne Charlé, a freelance writer and editor, landed her first job at New York Magazine as a researcher. Moving on, she worked as an editor at New Times, then as a freelance assignment editor at The New York Times Magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Times, The Nation, The Ford Foundation Report and Harper’s Bazaar. A long-term resident of Indonesia, she has written and edited numerous reports and books, including Indonesia Under Soeharto: Issues, Incidents and Illustrations.
Jack Deacy has been a reporter with the New York Journal-American and the Village Voice, a columnist for the Daily News and a contributing editor at New York Magazine. He also spent two years in Ireland reporting for several Irish newspapers before returning to the U.S., where he was Press Secretary to Paul O’Dwyer, a speechwriter for Hugh Carey, a Deputy Commissioner in the Koch administration and First Deputy Press Secretary to Rudy Guiliani. Deacy is now the American correspondent for Dublin’s Today FM radio.
Bill Diehl, a correspondent at ABC News Radio, continues to contribute entertainment features and obituaries of headliners. He officially retired in 2007 after more than 35 years at ABC News, but was brought back to the network in a freelance capacity.
Allan Dodds Frank is a longtime print, radio, television and Internet investigative reporter who worked for The Anchorage Daily News, The Washington Star, Forbes, ABC News, CNN and Bloomberg News. He is a former president of the Overseas Press Club of America and a contributor to Fortune.com and NewsweekDailyBeast.com.
Gary Paul Gates worked for UPI in Detroit and New York, then became a freelance magazine writer. From 1969 to 2000, he was a TV news writer and producer at CBS News and ABC News, with various gigs at CBS Sports & ESPN. He’s the author or co-author of five books (with Dan Rather, Mike Wallace and Bob Schieffer) on politics and the media.
Tony Guida began his career as a television reporter and anchorman in Savannah, Ga., late in the Kennedy administration. He persisted in both roles for nearly 40 years at various local stations, including WCBS-TV and WNBC-TV; the Today show; and CNN and CNNfn. Currently, he is a freelancer for the CBS Evening News.
Aileen Jacobson is an award-winning journalist who has covered the arts since at least the early 1970s, when she was a staff writer for the Washington Post’s Sunday magazine. From 1974 to 2008, she was with Newsday, covering the arts, reviewing plays, and writing about personal finance. She continues to be a regular contributor to The New York Times and other publications and is the author of “Women in Charge: Dilemmas of Women in Authority” and co-author of “The Consumer Reports Money Book.”
Myron Kandel was a copy boy, copy editor and financial reporter at The New York Times from 1951-63; financial editor of the Washington Star, the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Post; editor of the New York Law Journal from 1963-79; and founding financial editor and economic commentator at CNN from 1980-2005.
Carol Lawson was an editor and reporter for The New York Times for 23 years. She wrote about the visual and performing arts for the Culture pages and reported on emerging social trends for the Style department. Now she teaches a popular writing course for business professionals at New York University. She also serves on the Advocacy Council of the Citizens Committee for Children of New York City, where she continues working on a long-held interest, the accessibility of quality child care.
Mel Laytner was a reporter and editor of hard news for nearly twenty years, much of it as a foreign correspondent covering the Middle East for NBC News and United Press International. His first full-time reporting job was with UPI covering all manner of urban mayhem in New York City, his hometown. Awarded a Knight-Bagehot fellowship in Business and Economic Journalism, he spent a year’s residency at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. His memoir, What They Didn’t Burn: Uncovering My Father’s Holocaust Secrets, was published 2021
Steven Marcus began his journalism career as a copy boy at The New York Herald Tribune. He went on to work at two newspapers in New Jersey, The Associated Press in Pennsylvania and then The New York Post, where he covered city and state politics and government. After that, he worked for 30 years as a director of media relations at Verizon Communications and several of its predecessor companies. He retired in 2015.
David Margolick is a longtime contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a freelance writer. He was a reporter at The New York Times from 1981 to 1996, specializing in legal affairs and covering some of the most headline-making trials of the past few decades, including those of O.J. Simpson, Lorena Bobbitt and William Kennedy Smith. His most recent book is “The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F, Kennedy.”
Robert D. McFadden was a Midwest reporter before covering metropolitan, national and international news for 51 years at The New York Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting and more than 30 other awards. He is a co-author of “No Hiding Place,” on the Iranian hostage crisis, and “Outrage: the Story Behind the Tawana Brawley Hoax.”
Ben Patrusky, an award-winning science writer, was research reporter for the American Heart Association before becoming a freelancer in 1975. He contributed a weekly health column to Newsday for four years and a monthly health/science column to Signature for eight. He retired in 2013 as executive director of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
Karen Bedrosian Richardson was chief financial officer of Spanish International Communications Corporation (now called Univision, the Spanish-language television and cable network). She now runs her late husband’s brokerage, which specializes in expatriate health insurance and kidnap and ransom insurance.
Myron Rushetzky, for more than two decades, was informally known as the voice of The New York Post. Formally, his title since 1992 until he took a buyout in 2013 was “support staff supervisor” and it seemed as though any time one called the paper’s city desk, it was Rushetzky who answered — especially if the call was made at night. He joined The Post in the 1970s as a copy boy, became a city desk assistant, and his subsequent duties included managing an extensive archive as the newspaper’s assistant librarian.
Michael Serrill , a freelance writer and editor, was assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Markets magazine and a former president of the Overseas Press Club. He was with Bloomberg from 2006 to 2015. From 1983 to 1998, he was with Time magazine, serving as an editor and senior writer and covering subjects that ranged from the first Palestinian intifada to famine in Ethiopia. In 1998, he joined Institutional Investor magazine as assistant managing editor/international, then went to Business Week as Asia/International finance editor. He was president of the OPC from 2012 to 2014.
Mort Sheinman started as a copy boy and sports clerk at The Daily News, then went to Women’s Wear Daily for 40 years, first as a business reporter and feature writer, later as the publication’s long-time managing editor. He was the first managing editor of W magazine. He retired in 2000 and is now a freelance writer and book editor.
Scotti Williston is a former bureau chief of the Cairo and Rome bureaus for CBS News and producer for CBS Sunday Morning. Following her departure from CBS in the mid-80’s, she became an independent producer and consultant for NBC News, WNET/PBS and TV outlets in Slovenia and China. In 2006, she was named a Knight International Journalism Fellow based in Palestine, where she worked with Al Quds TV in Ramallah as well as with broadcast journalists in Jordan, Egypt and Syria. Upon her return to the U.S., she joined the faculty of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism as senior producer in residence until her retirement in 2016.