New Members Brief Biographies

Ilene Barth is the founder and creative director of Red Rock Press, an independent book publisher she launched in 1999. She was editor of The Villager newspaper back in the early 1970s, then moved to Newsday in 1976, where she was a senior editor, OpEd columnist and book reviewer until leaving in 1992.

William Borders retired from The New York Times in 2006 after a 46-year career as a foreign correspondent and a senior editor. His overseas stations included London, New Delhi, Montreal, and Lagos, Nigeria. He was also an editor on various desks, including deputy foreign editor, senior news editor, and editor of The Week in Review, a section since renamed Sunday Review.

Suzanne Charlé was a contract editor and writer at The New York Times from 1985 to 2005, filling a number of roles, including assignment editor for the Magazine and overseeing the launch of “Magazine Part II.” She was also a contributing writer for the Magazine as well as the National, International, Arts & Leisure, and Travel sections. Her articles have also appeared in The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She is presently a contributing writer for a number of publications and organizations, including Gotham magazine, the Asia Society, the Ford Foundation, and the World Bank.

Bonnie Dry is a retired producer of television documentaries, specials, pilots and series, who has been in the business since the early 1980s, producing community service and public affairs programming for WCBS-TV from 1987 to 1992 and a wide variety of pilots, series and specials for truTV (formerly Court TV) from 1994 to 2009. She was executive producer of special reports and series on such subjects as the D.C. sniper, the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, the Aryan Brotherhood, criminal profilers and the science of forensics. For Court TV, her duties included editorial oversight on all live and pre-taped trials.

Rita Henley Jensen is the former founding editor-in-chief and board president of Women’s eNews, an independent news service she launched in 2000. It specializes in delivering news affecting the lives of women around the world, from safety and reproductive rights to racial and social issues. She stepped down from Women’s eNews in May to become an associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, where she is exploring racial and gender inequities through her research project, “Jane Crow.” A former senior writer for the National Law Journal and columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, she has been cited by The New York Daily News as one of the 100 most influential women in New York.

James Lynn spent 30 years with Newsday, where he wrote editorials and was the editor of the newspaper’s opinion pages until retiring in 2002. He began his career in as a copy editor and theater critic at The Long Island Star-Journal, moved to Newsweek as a “back-of-the-book” writer, then to The New York Herald Tribune, serving as Albany bureau in the 1960s. Before joining Newsday in 1972, he wrote editorials for WABC-TV and then for WMCA radio.

Ed Marks was with The New York Times from 1985 until last year. He was a copy editor and worked on various desks at The Times, including sports, foreign news and culture. He also wrote blogs on a variety of subjects for the online version. Marks, whose career as a journalist goes back to the 1970s, began on newspapers in New Jersey, including the Paterson News and The Record.

Lynn Minton is a retired magazine writer for McCall’s and Parade. She was a columnist for McCall’s from 1973 to 1986, and then moved over to Parade magazine, where she was also a contributing editor, until 2004. For many years, her “Fresh Voices” column in Parade focused on how teenagers perceived issues of the day.

Dan Neville is a photo editor at The New York Times. He joined The Times in 1999 after working as a photographer at Newsday from 1977 to 1999 and at The Long Island Press from 1972 until it closed five years later.

Kevin Noblet is a former business and financial writer and editor. He was most recently with Dow Jones/ The Wall Street Journal as a managing editor directing coverage of the wealth management business. He retired in 2015. He joined Dow Jones in 2009 after 27 years at The Associated Press, where he became business editor after working as an editor and reporter, including a decade reporting from Latin America. Nobel is a former Neiman Fellow and a former president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Dorothy Rogers was editorial librarian of The New York Daily News. She was with The News from 1948 until retiring in 1991.

Marianne Rohrlich is a veteran of The New York Times, where she has been a feature writer and columnist specializing in home décor for more than 30 years. She began at The Times in 1984 and settled in as part of the Home section. In 2010, she became a contributing freelancer whose articles continue to appear in the Sunday Styles section. During her years at The Times, she wrote the “Personal Shopper” column, among other features, and has also written for House Beautiful magazine and The New York Observer, among other publications.

Douglas J. Rowe was on the national desk of The Associated Press as an editor, rewrite man and entertainment writer (1988 to 2009); a senior editor for the online version of TV Guide (2009 to 2012); and a copy editor at Al-Monitor, a media site providing reporting and analysis from and about the Middle East (2012 to 2015). He has been a freelancer since last year.

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