Previous Speakers

=============2016-2017=============

February 18, 2017 Brian Stelter

Brian Stelter

 Brian Stelter, CNN’s media correspondent and host of “Reliable Sources.”

January 18, 2017 Joe Lelyveld

Joe Lelyveld

 Joe Lelyveld is the former executive editor of The New York Times.

December 21, 2016 Clyde and Maggie Haberman

Clyde and Maggie Haberman

Clyde and Maggie Haberman

Clyde Haberman is a retired New York Times columnist and correspondent. His daughter, Maggie, is a Times political reporter.

November 16, 2016 Betsy Wade

Betsy Wade

Betsy Wade

Betsy Wade, formerly of The New York Times, is the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

October 19, 2016 Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffery Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin, chief legal analyst for CNN and staff writer at The New Yorker.

September 21, 2016 Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times.

=============2015-2016=============

June 15, 2016 Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan, the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

May 18, 2016 Dan Sforza

Dan Sforza

Dan Sforza

Dan Sforza, managing editor of The (Bergen) Record, is the 2016 Peter Kihss Award winner.

April 20, 2016  Robert Caro

Robert A. Caro

Robert A. Caro

Robert Caro, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson.

March 16, 2016  Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson, the District Attorney of Brooklyn.

February 17, 2016  Jane Bryant Quinn

Jane Bryant Quinn

Jane Bryant Quinn

Jane Bryant Quinn is an authority on personal finance.

 January 20, 2016 Peter Gelb

Peter Gelb

Peter Gelb

Peter Gelb is general manager of New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

December 16, 2015 Mary Pflum

Mary Pflum

Mary Pflum

Mary Pflum is a veteran producer at ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.

November 17, 2015 Gay Talese

Gay Talese

Gay Talese

Author Gay Talese, formerly of The New York Times, is the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

October 21, 2015 Bill Keller

Bill Keller

Bill Keller

Bill Keller, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, is the former executive editor of The New York Times.

September 24, 2015 Matt Winkler

Matt Winkler

Matt Winkler

Matt Winkler is the founder and editor-in-chief emeritus of Bloomberg News.

=============2014-2015=============

June 18, 2015 Mimi Sheraton

Mimi Sheraton

Mimi Sheraton – photo by Noah Fecks

Mimi Sheraton, former New York Times restaurant critic, award winning food writer and author of several acclaimed books, including her latest “1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die”

April 21, 2015 Neal Shapiro

Neal Shapiro

Neal Shapiro

Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET and former president of NBC News

March 18, 2015 Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan, public editor, The New York Times

February 19, 2015 Liz Smith

Liz Smith

Liz Smith

Liz Smith, legendary columnist hailed by many as “The Grand Dame of Dish”

January 15, 2015 Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer at Time, Inc. and former executive editor of The Wall Street Journal

December 10, 2014 Sandy Socolow,
Silurians 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Sandy Socolow

Sandy Socolow

Silurian 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner, honors Sandy Socolow of CBS News

November 20, 2014 Robert F. Fiske

Robert Fiske Jr.

Robert Fiske Jr.

Robert F. Fiske Jr., former Whitewater Special Counsel

October 14, 2014 Lucinda Franks

Lucinda Franks copyright Jayne Wexler

Lucinda Franks

Lucinda Franks, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of “Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, & Me”

September 16, 2014 Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr, former ABC TV News correspondent and author of the best-selling “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space”

=============2013-2014=============

June 19, 2014 Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker, editor in chief, The Wall Street Journal

April 14, 2014 Steve Coll

Steve Coll

Steve Coll

Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, staff writer at The New Yorker, author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time Pulitzer-Prize winner

March 18, 2014 Kate O’Brian

Kate O'Brian

Kate O’Brian

Kate O’Brien, president of Al Jazeera America and former senior vice president for News at ABC News

February 18th 2014 Walt Bogdanich

Walt Bogdanich

Walt Bogdanich

Walt Bogdanich, assistant editor in the investigations unit of The New York Times and three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize

January 14th 2014 Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

December 17th, 2013 Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed

November 14th 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner Seymour Topping

Seymour Topping

Seymour Topping

The Board of Governors have selected Seymour Topping as this year’s recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award. Topping (aka Top), who is approaching his 93d birthday, has spent some 67 years in journalism. From the age of 16, when he was the editor of his high school newspaper he knew he wanted to be a journalist, specifically, a foreign correspondent in China. (He was inspired by Edgar Snow’s Red Star over China, a seminal book on the beginning of China’s communist party).

After serving as an infantry officer in World War II, he realized his dream in 1946. International News Service hired him as a stringer with the title of  Chief Correspondent for North China and Manchuria. He was based in Peking, where he covered the Chinese civil war. In 1947, INS put him on staff in Nanking. Six months later he joined the Associated Press and covered the fall of Nanking to the communists. A year later he established AP’s Saigon bureau, becoming the first American correspondent in French Indochina after World War II and the only one there when hostilities broke out.  After two years, AP sent him to London, where he covered the diplomatic beat and then, in 1956, was assigned to a divided Berlin as bureau chief. In 1959, Topping  joined the staff of The New York Times. He was assigned to Moscow as chief correspondent. He covered the first space shots, de-Stalinization and the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1963, he became the paper’s chief correspondent for Southeast Asia, covering the wars in Indochina.  Other parts of the globe where he was based include the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.  After 20 years abroad, Topping returned to New York to become the paper’s foreign editor and then was promoted to managing editor.  He ended his 33-year career at The Times as the Director of Editorial Development. Upon leaving The Times he became the Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a position he held for nine years. He also was a professor at the J School   (now emeritus) and, after his retirement in 2002, he conducted a seminar at Columbia’s School of Arts and Sciences on The Evolution of Media and the Public Interest – History and Issues. Top has continued to write and lecture at other venues in the United States and China.  He is president of the international advisory board at Tsinghua University in Bejing. In March 2010, Topping published his latest memoir: “On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent’s Journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam,” a book about his experiences on the ground in covering the major events of that era.  His other books include “Journey Between Two Chinas” and two novels. Professional affiliations include the presidency of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and chairman of their committee on international relations. He is married to Audrey Ronning Topping, the photojournalist, documentary film maker, and author. They have five daughters. The award will be presented at our fall dinner Thursday, November 14th.

October 15th 2013 Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee, award-winning host of the Nickelodeon network’s “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee,” former reporter and anchor at NBC News and author of the best-selling autobiography “And So It Goes”

September 19th 2013 Harry Rosenfeld

Harry Rosenfeld

Harry Rosenfeld

Harry Rosenfeld, metropolitan editor of The Washington Post during Watergate, who helped oversee the newspaper’s award-winning coverage of the scandal, and recently retired editor of the Times-Union of Albany

=============2012-2013=============

April 18, 2013 Are Medical Bills Killing Us? Steven Brill

Steven Brill

Steven Brill

Steve Brill, founder and editor of the American Lawyer magazine and Brill’s Content, creator of Court TV and author of the 25,000-word, 36-page cover story of the March 4, 2013 issue of Time entitled “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us”

March 21, 2013 Covering Koch Joyce Purnick, George Arzt, JoAnne Wasserman
covering-koch-luncheon

Panelists Joyce Purnick, New York Times reporter and editor; George Arzt, Mayor Ed Koch’s press secretary and former New York Post City Hall Bureau Chief; JoAnne Wasserman, former NY Post political reporter, offering their takes on the tenure of “Hizzoner”

February 21, 2013 Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy, prize-winning author of 15 books, including “Passages, which remained on The New York Times best seller list for more than three years, and one of the original contributors to New York Magazine

January 17, 2013 David Rohde

David Rohde

David Rohde

David Rohde, Pulitzer-Prize wining foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times, who made news himself by describing his escape from seven harrowing months in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.  He is now a columnist for Reuters

December 4, 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem Nina Zacuto for the Journalism & Women Symposium

Gloria Steinem Nina Zacuto for the Journalism & Women Symposium

Gloria Steinem, writer, editor, feminist and activist, whose advocacy of gender equality has placed her in the pantheon of civil libertarians, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of the Silurians

November 15, 2012 Lynn Povich and Stephen Shepard

Steve Shepard and Lynn Povich

Steve Shepard and Lynn Povich

Wife-and husband duo Lynn Povich, former editor in chief of Working Woman magazine and managing editor of MSNBC.com. and Steve Shepard, founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, discussing their recently published books

October 18, 2012 Clyde Haberman

Clyde Haberman

Clyde Haberman
photo-Fred Conrad/NYT

Clyde Haberman, former foreign correspondent and New York Times columnist and 2008 winner of The Peter Kihiss Award.

September 20, 2012 Marlene Sanders, Gary Paul Gates and Sandy Socolow

Marlene Sanders, Gary Paul Gates and Sandy Socolow

Esteemed colleagues Marlene Sanders, Gary Paul Gates and Sandy Socolow, distinguished journalists all, shared memories from their experiences working with Mike Wallace.

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2011 -2012

May 17, 2012 Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte The Peter Kihss Award 2012 Honoree For his outstanding accomplishments as a journalist and fiction writer and his generosity as a mentor to younger colleagues.

April 19, 2012 Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Brian Williams News Anchor and Managing Editor of NBCNightly News

March 15th Gail Collins

Gail Collins

Gail Collins Columnist, Editor, Author Gail Charms or Inflames with Trenchant Opinions Wrapped in Droll Wit

February 16, 2012 Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly #1 in Cable News  –  #1 in Conservatives’ Hearts  –  #1 in Liberals’ Disdain Fasten Your Seatbelt.  It’s Going To Be Bumpy.

January 19, 2012 Nicholas Lemann

Nicholas Lemann

Nicholas Lemann As Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Nick not only knows it all; he can explain it so well that even those of us who have not published five books, written for the New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, and worked with the BBC can grasp it.

December 15, 2011 Ken Auletta

Ken Auletta

Ken Auletta

Come travel the information superhighway with “Literary Lion” veteran journalist Ken Auletta.  For the past 20 years Ken has written the “Annals of Communications” column for The New Yorker and authored 10 books, including his latest bestseller Googled: The End of The World As We Know It.

Nov 16, 2011 The Society of the Silurians 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Ruth Gruber

Ruth Gruber

Legendary Journalist, Photographer, Author, Humanitarian… Ruth Gruber didn’t just report the news, she made news. In the Soviet Arctic and Siberian gulag as the first journalist ever to visit. And aboard the ship Exodus where her photos recorded the plight of Holocaust survivors.

October 13, 2011 Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill
If Pete Hamill hasn’t written about it, it’s probably not worth knowing.  The Prince of Park Slope provides postcards from his legendary life as a journalist, novelist, essayist and editor. Pete will also talk about his new novel, Tabloid City.

September 15, 2011 Mimi Sheraton

Mimi Sheraton

Mimi Sheraton

If Star Wars had been a tale of the food universe, Mimi Sheraton would have been “The Force.”  Don’t miss this chance to hear from the woman who all but invented the field of food criticism. We will also have a limited number of paperback editions of Mimi’s superb memoir, “Eating My Words” for you to purchase at a special Silurians price.

2010 -2011 . . . It Was a Very Good Year! . . . and it resumes in September

Frank Rich

 
Frank Rich
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Tom Brokaw. photo Random House Inc.

 
Tom Brokaw
January 20, 2011 Luncheon

Charles Osgood. Photo CBS.

 
Charles Osgood
February 17, 2011 Luncheon

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky – photo UPenn

 
Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky
March 17, 2011 Luncheon

Jules Feiffer – photo charlierose.com

 
Jules Feiffer
April 21, 2011 Luncheon

Joe Berger

 
Joseph Berger
2011 Peter Kihss Award Winner
   
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