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; CNNMoney.com; Venture Capital Journal; Bloomberg Business Week; Cyber Times and The Deal.

Joanna Hernandez is a former reporter and editor who is currently Director of Diversity Initiatives at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She was proposed by Scotti Williston and has held various editing and reporting positions at such news organizations as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Record, and Newsday. She has also taught journalism at NYU and Hunter College and is a former president of UNITY: Journalists of Color (now known as UNITY: Journalists for Diversity).

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.”

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.

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