Board Members Brief Biographies

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.

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.

Gerald Eskenazi began as a sports copy boy and spent 44 years at The New York Times, where he generated 8,000 bylines — among the highest in the paper’s history. He is the author of 16 books. He is a co-winner of a Deadline Club award and a member of two halls of fame. He lectures regularly on the news media and sports, on land and at sea.

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.

Herbert Hadad was a copy boy on the Boston Globe; a reporter for the Keene (N.H.) Sentinel, the New York Post and The New York Times; did PR for “Sesame Street,” Philip Morris and the Muskie for President campaign, and has been a freelance writer and teacher. He is currently a press officer for U.S. Department of Justice.

Linda Goetz Holmes, like Allan Dodds Frank and Fred Ferguson, is a second-generation Silurian. Their fathers knew one another as members. She has been a Pacific War historian for more than 25 years, writing three books about American POWs of the Japanese during WWII. She edited a fourth, “Captured: The Forgotten Men of Guam.”

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.

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.

Bernard Kirsch, who started as a copy boy at The New York Times, was a sports reporter at Newsday; sports editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris; and a copy editor at The Times from 1982-2003. After retirement, he received a certificate from N.Y.U. in video post-production, which he now does on a freelance basis.

Valerie S. Komor is the founding director of corporate archives at The Associated Press. An archivist for 30 years, she joined The AP in 2003, when the news agency’s files — many thousands of documents ranging from wire copy and internal memos to transcripts of presidential press conferences and messages to Congress — were in unattended filing cabinets in the basement of corporate headquarters, then at 50 Rockefeller Plaza. She was given the job of organizing and preserving that material and making it available to researchers, a job she continues to perform.

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.

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.

Anne Roiphe is the author of 18 books, including novels, memoirs and cultural criticism. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, RedBook and Parents, among others. She was a columnist for The New York Observer for 10 years and a columnist for the Jerusalem Report. Her essays have been collected in several anthologies. She is at work on a novel to be published in the spring of 2015.

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.

Wendy Sclight spent 31 years with The New York Times, serving in a variety of editing positions. For the last 15 years of her career, she worked in the newspaper’s Culture Department, first as the deputy editor of the Weekend section, then overseeing  the paper’s architectural and visual arts reporters and critics. She began her career as an editing intern at The Washington Star and worked for five years at a Knight newspaper in Ohio before joining The Times.

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.

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