Michael Amon is the Wall Street Journal’s Law Bureau Chief, overseeing coverage of criminal and civil courts across the country, along with the industry of lawyers and their firms. He was previously deputy bureau chief for the Middle East and North Africa, working from Dubai and Tel Aviv, and Energy Editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, working from London. He has worked for The Wall Street Journal since 2011, when he joined the Greater New York section. He has also been a staff writer at the Washington Post and Newsday and contributed to the New York Times. Michael was born and raised in Yankton, South Dakota, and attended South Dakota State University and New York University. He is married to Lisa Fleisher, a Bloomberg News editor, and has a 1-year-old daughter, Simone. They live on the Upper West Side, where they enjoy cooking and long walks in Central Park.
Russ Baker a graduate and former adjunct faculty member of Columbia Journalism School, has written for The Nation, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Salon, Esquire, the Guardian, and the Village Voice, among others. He is author of the bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, which the late Gore Vidal called “One of the most important books.” He is founder and editor-in-chief of WhoWhatWhy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, publicly-funded news site that seeks to address under-covered stories and provide missing context on the critical issues of our time. Bill Moyers said, “a lot of us look to Russ to tell us what we didn’t know.“
Mark Bittman Mark Bittman has been a leading voice in global food culture and policy for more than three decades. He has written more than 20 books, including the How to Cook Everything series, Food Matters, and two books in 2021: Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food from Sustainable to Suicidal, which The New York Times called “epic and engrossing”; and Bittman Bread: No-Knead Whole Grain Baking for Every Day, with Kerri Conan. Bittman spent three decades at the Times, where he created “The Minimalist,” had a five-year stint as the Sunday Magazine’s lead food writer, and wrote weekly opinion concentrating on food. He has hosted or been featured in four television series, including the Emmy-winning Showtime series about climate change “Years of Living Dangerously” and “Spain … On the Road Again.” Bittman was regular on the Today show from 2005 to 2010 and has been a guest on television and radio programs including “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition”; his 2007 Ted Talk, “What’s wrong with what we eat,” has been viewed five million times. He is a fellow at Yale and is on the faculty of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. He has received six James Beard Awards and four IACP Awards. Bittman is also editor-in-chief of The Bittman Project, a newsletter and website focusing on all aspects of food, f; he also hosts the podcast, “Food.”
Michael Clancy. After graduating from Columbia Journalism School in 2000, Michael worked as a reporter for four years in New Jersey, first at the Herald News and then the Asbury Park Press. He went on to work as Web Editor at the Village Voice and City Editor at amNewYork. In 2009, he became Editorial Director NBCNewYork.com in 2009. While working at NBC, he taught night classes as an adjunct journalism professor at Hunter College. Currently, he is journalism professor at York College. He has also written stories for Newsday and The Star-Ledger.
Bob Essman has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a designer of such magazines as Life, Business Week, Family Circle and People. He joined the layout department of Life magazine in 1961, became creative director of its Special Projects department in 1969 and designed that year’s special commemorative issue “To the Moon and Back.” That was followed by a stint as creative/art director of Show magazine (1969-1979); creative/art director of Business Week (1970-1974), including a redesign of the magazine in 1971; and eight years as creative director of People (1974-1982). He’s been honored by many organizations, including the Art Directors Club of New York, the American Society of Magazine Editors, the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Publication Designers.
Lisa Fleisher is a senior editor at Bloomberg News in Wealth, the newly launched personal finance vertical. Previously, she was a digital features editor in both Dubai and London. Before joining Bloomberg in 2016, Lisa was a tech reporter in London for The Wall Street Journal, where she also helped launch the paper’s WhatsNews app. She started her career at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and then worked at the Star-Ledger in Newark before joining the Journal in 2010. She lives on the Upper West Side in Manhattan with her husband and 1-year-old daughter Simone. She enjoys chasing her toddler on long walks in Central Park, entertaining friends and doing taxes for family members.
Jane M. Friedman worked 45 years as a journalist. Jane’s first 18 years were overseas, first as a Newsweek correspondent based in Paris. In 1980, she moved to Jerusalem as a special correspondent for the New York Times; two years later, CNN recruited her as an on-air correspondent based in Jerusalem and then moved to Cairo as CNN’s bureau chief,covering the wider Arab world including the 1985 military coup in Sudan. After her son was born, she reported for the Washington Post from Cairo. She notes that over her long career overseas, “notable interviews included Black Panther fugitive Eldridge Cleaver, who was hiding in Paris; aritists David Hockney, Marc Chagall and Alexander Calder; Menachem Begin and Yitzhek Rabin;” and, before leaving Egypt, film star Omar Sharif. She returned to the US in 1990 and, while raising two kids in the DC suburbs, was a regular contributor to the Post’s Style and Sunday Arts sections before joining Voice of America in 2006 as a story editor, assigning and editing tv stories. She retired in 2014 and is currently at work on a memoir, covering her years as a foreign correspondent “when women in this job were few.” She will also detail her Belgian family’s escape from Europe in 1940, as the German army advanced.
Janice M. Horowitz, author of Health Your Self: What’s Really Driving Your Care and How to Take Charge (2021), covered health for Time magazine from 1986 to 2004. She also created and hosted the public radio segment “Dueling Docs: The Cure to Contradictory Medicine” and contributed to The Economist, Allure, The International Herald Tribune and blogged for Medium and Huffpost.
Kenneth Jones was managing editor and staff writer at Playbill.com for 13 years before turning attention full-time to playwriting in 2013. His breakout play Alabama Story was a Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, has been produced in more than 40 cities, and is published by Dramatists Play Service. His other plays or musicals have been developed at regional theaters throughout the U.S. Prior to moving to New York City in 1998, he was a freelance theater, arts and feature writer for newspapers in metropolitan Detroit, where he most significantly wrote for The Detroit News 1988-98, serving four seasons as chief drama critic. His work has appeared in Playbill magazine, Back Stage, A&E Magazine, The Oakland Press and The Jewish News. He interviews playwrights and promotes his own dramatic writing at ByKennethJones.com.
Susan Lapinski, an award-winning editor and author, is the former editor-in-chief of Working Mother and Sesame Street Parents magazines. She is co-author with her late husband Michael deCourcy Hinds of “In a Family Way: A Husband and Wife’s Diary of Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year of Parenthood” and wrote two books for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Currently she is at work on a memoir tracing four generations of her family on a lake in Maine.
Mel Laytner was a reporter and editor for nearly 20 years, much of it as a foreign correspondent covering the Middle East. His first full-time job was with UPI, covering mayhem in NYC, his hometown. After editing, UPI sent him to London, then to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. NBC recruited Mel as their Middle East radio correspondent. After eight “grinding years” in the Middle East, Mel was awarded a Knight-Bagehot fellowship in business and economic journalism, which included a year’s residency at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. After cuts in staff at NBC, he joined his family business. This year, he published a mémoire, What They Didn’t Burn: Uncovering My Father’s Holocaust Secrets. Mel lives with his wife in NYC, and
Bonnie Tandy Leblang is a researcher and writer for Parade magazine and a columnist for Better Homes & Gardens. She has also been a columnist for Fitness, Parents and House Beautiful magazines, and has written for numerous publications including AP and The New York Times. She co-authored several cookbooks, including 365 Great Cookies and Brownies.
Peter Lewine first job was as a desk assistant and then news editor at KCBS Newsradio in San Francisco. From there, he was an on-air TV reporter in San Jose, Calif.; San Diego;r and at the Post-Newsweek station in Detroit, where he covered the auto industry and politics. Then it was on to New York, where Lewine worked on the Foreign News assignment desk of ABC News and was an occasional writer and off-air reporter covering presidential campaigns before shifting gears and moving to the business side of several trade publications.
Monica Malpass has worked in TV, radio and print for four decades, during which time she was an award-winning Top 5 Market anchor. For 31 years, she anchored the 5 pm weekday news at WPVI-TV (ABC News, Philly), holding the #1 rating throughout. She also moderated “Inside Story”, WPVI’s weekly political discussion program, covering presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races in the tri-state area. Over the years, she interviewed Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, George Bush, Bill Clinton and, yes, Donald Trump. She also interviewed Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and many others. Early in her career, she anchored and reported at NBC’s WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, NC. Currently Malpass is a freelance magazine writer and business anchor at the Nasdq Marketsite (Lila Max Media) in NYC and a board member of the Chamber Orchestra of New York.
John Mariani has been a freelance food critic and travel writer for over 35 years. Currently, he writes for Bloombeg, GQ, Wine Spectator and Esquire magazines. Until 2014, he published Forbes’ annual list of the nagtion’s “20 Best New Restaurants.” Currently, his pieces appear weekly on Forbes’ website, with subjects ranging from local restaurant reviews to the first female to launch her own whiskey brand in Ireland, to 007’s taste in food, wine and drink. Host of “Almost Golden” on WVOX 1460AM radio, Mariani is author and co-author of numerous books.
Robert Nickelsberg worked as a Time magazine contract photographer for nearly 30 years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. After covering Central America in the 1980s, he established his base in Asia. Living in New Delhi from 1988 to 1999, Nickelsberg recorded the rise of religious extremism in South Asia. His work has also chronicled events in Iraq, Kuwait, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, and Indonesia, documenting human rights abuses by Islamic militants and security forces, and post-traumatic stress disorder in Indian-controlled Kashmir. He has one of the more comprehensive archives of the rise of Islamic extremism. His 2013 book,“Afghanistan: A Distant War,” captures his 25 years of work in Afghanistan and won for him the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for the best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines and books. His photographs have been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Queensborough Community College, the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University and at The New America Foundation in New York. He received grants for reporting on and photographing post-traumatic stress disease in Kashmir from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the South Asian Journalism Association in 2008. In 2015, the O’Halloran Family Foundation presented Nickelsberg with a grant for his ongoing domestic sex trafficking project. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Life magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times and The Washington Post.
Dennis Redmont joined the AP the day after graduation from Columbia Journalism School in 1963, and later worked in 80 countries, many of them dictatorships: Portugal under Salazar; Greece under the colonels; Brazil , Argentina and Uruguay under the generals, as well as Turkey. His last post was AP bureau chief in Rome, Italy for over 30 years, where he was responsible for the Mediterranean area. Much of his reporting and travel was then thanks to pilgrims, Popes and Med crises. After his 42 year AP career, Redmont worked for the Council for the USA and Italy, a think tank and business forum based in Rome and Washington, DC, which is affiliated with Brookings. He currently is senior executive adviser to Edelman, based in Italy and Portugal.
Jon Richards began doing editorial cartoons for the Santa Fe Reporter in 1988. His work appeared for many years in the Huffington Post and have been seen in the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Albuquerque Journal Santé Fe, and the Oklahoma City Gazette. He was editorial cartoonist for Theodore Kheel’s Earth Summit Times, and for the 1990 “Inner Circle” show in New York. In 2004, his work was featured in “Bushwhacked,” a group show at the George Adams Gallery in New York. His movie reviews appear in the Santa Fe Pasatiempo and the Online Film Critics Society. He novels include “The Whitmarsh Chronicles,” a three-volume work he co-authored; “Tularosa” and “Cherokee Bill,” both historical fiction with Western settings; “Santa Fe,” a novel set in the capital of New Mexico; and “Nick & Jake.”
Robert B. Semple, Jr. has been associated with the New York Times for many years. He was hired from Dow Jones in 1963 as an editor. After working as a general assignment reporter for two years, he became the White House Correspondent (Johnson1966-67 and Nixon, 1969-73. He then moved up to NYC as Deputy National editor (1973-75), then to London as Bureau Chief (1975-77). He returned to New York in 1977 as Foreign Editor, then Editor Op-Ed Page (1983-88). As Associate Editor, Editorial Page, he wrote and edited editorials from 1988-2017, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1996. Presently he is “largely retired, but still on contract for the NYT Opinion department.” He and his wife, Lisa Pulling, have four children including Kirk Semple, NYT Mexico Bureau.
Marlow Stern is the senior entertainment editor for The Daily Beast and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has served in the editorial department of Blender magazine, and as an editor at Newsweek and Amplifier Magazine.
Ann Warwick began her professional life as a journalist before morphing into an administrative role at SUNY’s College of Optometry. She started as a stringer and then a reporter at the Bergen Record in 1967. In 1969, she was hired by Ridgewood, (N.J.) Newspapers, Inc., as women’s editor and home living columnist. She joined SUNY in 1983 as vice president and director of special events at the College of Optometry and retired as executive director of the Optometric Center of New York in 2018.
Carole Agus Woodier was a prize-winning reporter, editor, feature writer and columnist for 28 years, most of them at Newsday, then at New York Newsday until its abrupt closure in 1995. She specialized for a time as an investigative reporter and in the Seventies and early Eighties, was a member of Newsday’s standing investigative team headed by the late Bob Greene. She was part of a Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News in 1992 for coverage of a midnight subway derailment in Manhattan that left five passengers dead and more than 200 injured and was part of another Newsday team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1980 for uncovering a scandal involving the sewer system. Her many other journalism awards included one from the Silurians as part of its Excellence in Journalism annual competition. For many years, she had the good fortune to be assigned a summer column about the Hamptons, an assignment that was accompanies by a Southampton house and a pool. She was also a columnist at New York Newsday. After its closure, she taught journalism for seven years at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, her alma mater. She was an assistant professor of journalism at the Quinnipiac University School of Communications. While teaching, she was Enterprise Editor at the Journal News of Westchester County, where she headed its investigative team.