Participants

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR
Amanpour is the Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News, and Chief International Correspondent for CNN International. Her distinguished career in journalism spans three decades, including her acclaimed coverage of the Gulf War for CNN in 1990. She has since reported from the world’s major conflict regions, and has interviewed many world leaders, including exclusives with Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi during the Arab Spring.

SCOOBY AXSON ’12
Axson is an M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. Originally from Lawton, Okla., he enlisted in the Army at age 17 and served for four years at Fort Hood as a tank driver and loader with the First Cavalry Division. He has spent the last 12 years in the National Guard as a human resources specialist and was awarded with many commendations, including Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal for his service in Bosnia, New Orleans and Iraq. When he graduates from Columbia, he hopes to pursue sports journalism focusing on college athletics. @ScoobAxson

EMILY BELL
Emily Bell is a professor at Columbia Journalism School, and director of the school’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Before arriving at Columbia, Bell held senior positions at Britain’s Guardian News and Media, including serving as Director of Digital Content for Guardian News and Media. Under Bell, the Guardian received numerous awards, including the Webby Award for a newspaper website in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and British Press Awards for Website of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009. @emilybell

TOM BROKAW
Brokaw is one of America’s most recognized and respected journalists, and the best-selling author of “The Greatest Generation” and other books. After beginning his career in local television, he joined NBC News for a remarkable tenure that included serving as White House correspondent, host of The Today Show, and anchor of NBC Nightly News. He is currently Special Correspondent for NBC News. His most recent book, “The Time of Our Lives,” was published last year.

A’LELIA BUNDLES ’76
A’Lelia Bundles is author of “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker,” a New York Times Notable Book, and the forthcoming “Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance.” During her 30-year career in network television news, she served as a producer for NBC News and as a producer, Washington Deputy Bureau Chief and Director of Talent Development for ABC News. She is a trustee of Columbia University. @aleliabundles

ROBERT CARO
The author of several modern classics, Caro is one of the world’s most respected authors. After beginning his professional career as a newspaper reporter, he turned to writing books. Caro spent a year at the Journalism School from 1966 to 1967 as a Carnegie Fellow researching his first book, “The Power Broker,” an acclaimed biography of New York City planner Robert Moses. Caro has released three of a projected five volumes chronicling the life of President Lyndon B. Johnson, with the fourth scheduled for publication this year. Caro is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for biography and numerous other awards. (Pictured here with filmmaker Jesse Dylan, left.)

BIANCA CONSUNJI ’12
Consunji is a digital media student and a Jack R. Howard fellow at Columbia Journalism School. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she was associate editor of ABS-CBN Publishing’s Metro Magazine and a correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer before coming to New York. A member of the network of journalists of Capacity Building International and the European Youth Press, Consunji has reported on international elections, human rights violations, HIV/AIDS education, culture, and travel. She plans to specialize in multimedia storytelling and eventually return to the Philippines to conduct workshops for youth, women and provincial journalists to train in digital media. @biancaconsunji

SHEILA CORONEL
Since 2006 Coronel has been the director of Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. She began her reporting career in 1982, when she joined the staff of Philippine Panorama, a widely read magazine. As Ferdinand Marcos gradually lost political power, Coronel reported on human rights abuses, the growing democratic movement, and the election of Corazon Aquino as president. Coronel is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including “Coups, Cults & Cannibals,” a collection of reportage; “The Rulemakers: How the wealthy and well-born dominate Congress;” and “Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.” @SheilaCoronel

SAM FREEDMAN
Freedman began teaching at Columbia Journalism School as an adjunct in 1990, and has been a full-time professor since 1993. He teaches the core course “Reporting and Writing” as well as a book-writing workshop which, over the course of 21 years, has resulted in 60 students receiving book contracts. More than 45 of those books have already been published. Freedman is a columnist for the New York Times, where he was a reporter earlier in his career. He is the author of six books, including “Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church,” “Who She Was: My Search for My Mother’s Life” and “Letters to a Young Journalist.” His seventh book, “Goal to Go: Black College Football and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” will be published in 2013.

HOWARD FRENCH
French has been a professor at Columbia Journalism School since 2008, teaching courses in international reporting and photojournalism, and a seminar on China. He began his career in journalism as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and other publications in West Africa. French was hired by The New York Times in 1986, working first as a metropolitan reporter for three years, and then from 1990 to 2008 as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China. He is the author of “A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa,” as well as three forthcoming books: an examination of China’s booming ties with Africa; “Disappearing Shanghai,” a book of documentary photography about central Shanghai’s old neighborhoods; and his first novel, “African Dust.” @hofrench

MALCOLM GLADWELL
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1996. In 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of four books, “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference,” “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” “Outliers: The Story of Success” and “What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures,” all of which were number one New York Times bestsellers. From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business, science, and then served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. (Pictured here with filmmaker Jesse Dylan, right.) @Malcgladwell

BRIAN GREENE
Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books are widely read: “The Elegant Universe” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has sold more than a million copies worldwide; and “The Fabric of the Cosmos” spent half a year on The New York Times bestseller list, and inspired The Washington Post to call him the “single best explainer of abstruse ideas in the world today.” His latest book, “The Hidden Reality,” debuted at #4 on The New York Times bestseller list. With producer Tracy Day, he is the co-founder of the World Science Festival.

BILL GRUESKIN
Bill Grueskin joined Columbia Journalism School as Academic Dean in 2008 after serving in senior management positions at the Wall Street Journal for 14 years, including deputy Page One editor and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online. During his tenure at The Online Journal, the number of subscribers doubled to more than one million. The site also introduced numerous features, including blogs, interactive graphics, podcasts and a robust video platform. Before working at the Journal, Grueskin was a reporter at the Miami Herald and eventually became city editor, where he oversaw the paper’s local coverage of Hurricane Andrew. The paper’s overall coverage of the storm won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public service. @BGrueskin

MARTINA GUZMAN ’08
Martina Guzman ’08 is Community Reporter for WDET, Metro Detroit’s public radio station. She has been named Best Individual Reporter by the Associated Press of Michigan. In 2011 her series, The Detroit-Berlin Connection, was awarded best series by the Michigan Broadcasters Association and first place for Best Investigative/Enterprise Reporting from the Associated Press of Michigan. In 2009 she directed the feature documentary “The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato,” which aired on PBS.

SEBASTIAN JUNGER
Junger is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author and journalist. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and contributor to ABC News, he has covered major news stories in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other places around the globe. For over a year, Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington embedded with the 173rd Airborne in the remote and heavily contested Korengal valley of eastern Afghanistan. The result was the award-winning documentary “Restrepo.” Junger is the author of several best-selling books, including “The Perfect Storm,” “War,” and “Fire.”

STEVE KROFT ’75
Steve Kroft joined “60 Minutes” as correspondent in May 1989 and is currently completing his 23rd season on the broadcast. Known for his tenacious and unflappable interviewing style, Kroft’s “60 Minutes” stories have covered a broad range of issues including politics, economics, organized crime and foreign affairs, as well as profiles of celebrities such as Jerry Seinfeld and Beyoncé. In 1996, Kroft’s report “The Worst Nightmare” was the first to document the involvement of the Russian mafia in the smuggling of nuclear materials out of the former Soviet Union. Kroft is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and received the school’s Dean’s Medal in 20.

NICHOLAS LEMANN
Nicholas Lemann became dean of Columbia Journalism School in September 2003. During his tenure, the Journalism School has added 15 members to its full-time faculty, built a student center, started its first new professional degree program since the 1930s (the M.A. program), and launched significant new initiatives in investigative reporting, digital journalism, executive leadership for news organizations, and other areas. Lemann’s early journalism jobs included stints at the Washington Monthly, Texas Monthly, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, and finally at The New Yorker, where he was staff writer and then Washington correspondent.

SUZANNE MALVEAUX ’91
Suzanne Malveaux has worked in CNN’s White House unit for nearly a decade, covering three presidents and key stories including the War in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and the economic crisis. Before joining CNN, Malveaux was a correspondent for NBC News, based in both Chicago and Washington, D.C. Her first job in television was working for WFXT-TV and New England Cable News in Boston, from 1991-94. She is a 1991 graduate of Columbia Journalism School. @SuzanneMalveaux

JOHN QUINONES ’79
John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine “Primetime” and has been a reporter at ABC News for nearly 25 years. He is the sole anchor of the “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?,” and also a correspondent for “20/20.” Quiñones joined ABC in June 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Miami, providing reports for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and other broadcasts. He was one of the few American journalists reporting from Panama City during the U.S. invasion in December 1989. He has won countless awards for his work, including the Outstanding Alumni Award from Columbia Journalism School in 2010. @JohnQABC

SREE SREENIVASAN ’93
Sreenivasan is dean of student affairs at Columbia Journalism School, where he teaches in the digital journalism program. He specializes in explaining technology to consumers, readers, viewers and users. He is co-founder of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, and the newly-appointed social media blogger for CNET News In March 2004, Newsweek magazine named him one of the nation’s 20 most influential South Asians; and in 2009, AdAge named him “one of 25 media people to follow on Twitter.” He is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. @sree

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