New Members’ Brief Biographies

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.

Lynn Brenner has been writing about business and personal finance in Newsday for more than 25 years. Her weekly “Family Finance” column bowed in 1990 and since 2009, she’s been writing the weekly “Ask the Expert” column on personal finance. She is also a Reuters contributor and a contributing editor to AARP magazine and her articles have also appeared in a wide variety of publications. She is the author of the award-winning “Smart Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisors” and “Building Your Nest Egg With Your 401(K).”

Adelaide Perry Farah is the former editor-in-chief of Beauty Fashion magazine. Prior to that she was special projects editor at Health magazine. She is currently a freelance editor.

Ari L. Goldman was a reporter at The New York Times, where he focused on writing about religion, but also covered New York State politics, transportation and education. He joined The Times as a copy boy in 1973, becoming a reporter two years later. He left in 1993 to join the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, where he is a professor of journalism and director of the Scripps Howard Program in Religion, Journalism and the Spiritual Life. His books include “The Search for God at Harvard,” “Being Jewish: The Spiritual and Cultural Practice of Judaism Today,” “Living a Year of Kaddish,” and “The Late Starters Orchestra,” a memoir about his quest to conquer the cello.

Katherine Heires is a freelance reporter who for more than 20 years has focused on risk topics and emerging technologies and their impact on corporations, financial institutions, professional investors and individuals. She’s written for a wide range of outlets, including Institutional Investor; Risk Management;; Venture Capital Journal; Bloomberg Business Week; Cyber Times and The Deal.

Sissel McCarthy is Director of the Journalism Program and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College. Earlier, she was part of the journalism departments at NYU and at Emery University. Before entering the fields of academe, she spent 1992 to 2004 reporting business news from New York, London and Atlanta. She began her career as a writer and producer for CNN’s “Moneyline” in New York, then went to CNBC to anchor the London bureau. From 1996 to 2000, she anchored “World Business Today” for CNN International, then was a reporter in Atlanta for PBS’s “Nightly Business Report.”

Susan Mulcahy broke into the business as a copygirl at the New York Post in 1978 and eventually became editor of Page Six. She was at The Post for nearly eight years, then moved to N.Y. Newsday until 1989, editing the “Inside New York” column. After a few years as editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine, she switched to digital media, as vice president of Starwave, Paul Allen’s early web content company. Since 2000, she’s primarily been a freelance writer, editor and consultant. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Politico and O at Home. Her books include “My Lips are Sealed: Confessions of a Gossip Columnist,” “Drawing Fashion: The Art of Kenneth Paul Block” and “Why I’m a Democrat.”.

Irena Choi Stern is also an educator/journalist. From 2004 to 2014, she was the Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism as well as managing editor of the school’s alumni publications, overseeing story assignment, copyediting and layout, and hiring and supervising freelance journalists. At the same time, she was a contributing writer whose articles appeared regularly in the Westchester section of The New York Times. She is currently a communications consultant at What Works Cities, a Bloomberg philanthropic initiative.

Gary Weiss has been a freelance writer and author, specializing in business coverage, since 2004. Prior to that he spent 20 years as a writer and editor, first as an editor at Barron’s (1984-1986) and subsequently as an investigative reporter and senior writer at Business Week (1986-2004). More recently, he has written for and was a contributing writer to the now defunct Condé Nast Portfolio. His books include “Born to Steal,” focusing on the infiltration of Wall Street by the Mafia (2003); “Wall Street Versus America,” on the morality of Wall Street, its regulators and the financial press (2006); and “Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul,” an analysis of Objectivism and its influence on political and economic development in the United States (2012) .

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