He’s Got His Eye on You


Jim Rutenberg

With the media in the spotlight more than ever, and with the ubiquity of more kinds of media than ever, it follows that there are also more people than ever watching the media, reporting on it, critiquing it and challenging it. One of the most important of those observers is our Oct. 18 luncheon speaker, Jim Rutenberg, who was named author of the Mediator column in The New York Times in January 2016.

After the death in February 2015 of the legendary David Carr, whose column was called Media Equation, it took The Times almost a year to find a columnist who would replace him. It didn’t have to look very far. Rutenberg had been with The Times since 2000, having moved from The New York Observer, where he’d been writing about television. His first job at The Times was as a business reporter covering the media industry. Subseqently, the scope of his coverage became much broader, including local and national politics as well as media.

He became a correspondent covering political media during the 2004 presidential campign; City Hall bureau chief; a White House correspondent during George W. Bush’s second term; and an investigative correspondent focusing on presidential and national politics. During the Obama administration, Rutenberg was the Times’s national political correspondent and from 2014 until being named media columnist in 2016, he covered politics for The New York Times Magazine, to which he continues to contribute.

One of his first jobs was a stringer at The New York Daily News, reporting gossip items. Prior to that he was a general assignment reporter at The New York Post. He’s come a long way since then, all the way to the lectern at a Society of the Silurians event. Be sure not to miss it by making your reservation now.

The date:   Wednesday, Oct. 18
The time:   Noon
The place: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

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