New Members’ Brief Biographies

Seth Abraham is the head of Starship SA, which is involved with sports marketing and communications, including the production of sports-oriented programming. He is a former president of HBO Sports and a former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Madison Square Garden. Abraham began his professional life as a stringer for the Boston bureau of The New York Times while working toward his master’s degree in journalism at Boston University in the late 1960s. Later, he covered education and the U.S. Supreme Court for Facts on File, one of the country’s leading publishers of reference materials.

Dale Burg, a seasoned freelance writer, columnist and author, has been in the business since the 1970s, when she started contributing pieces to The Village Voice and The Villager. From 1983 to 1997, she wrote freelance articles for McCalls, New Woman, Cosmopolitan and numerous other outlets, in addition to writing columns for Family Circle, Woman’s Day and Star Magazine, among others. Between 2005 and 2012, she wrote for Bloom Magazine, a culture and lifestyle publication. She is also an author or co-author of some 25 books, ranging from “The Geek Squad Guide to Solving Any Computer Glitch” to “Sloth: Ode to Disarray and Delay.”

Chelsea Emory, editor-in-chief of Financial Planning Magazine since she joined the company in 2015, launched her journalism career as a stock market reporter at Bloomberg News in 1999. In 2001, she joined Reuters America, serving for more than a decade as a correspondent and an editor, then moving to BBC Capital as deputy editor in 2013. 

George Flowers, who is married to Jane Tillman Irving and who also is retired, was a newscaster at WCBS-FM, UPI International and WWRL in a career that began in the 1960s and stretched to 2013. He’s also been a disc jockey, an announcer, an actor and a voice-over teacher.

Edward J. Forbes is a senior editor at The Record in Bergen County, N.J. He came to The Record in 2016 after eight years at The Journal News, which covers the Lower Hudson Valley and where he was also a senior editor. From 2002 to 2007, he was an editor at The Adirondack (N.Y) Daily Enterprise.

Jane Tillman Irving, now retired, was a prize-winning staffer at WCBS 880 from 1972 to 1986. That led to a three-year stint at WCBS-TV before she came back to radio at such outlets as WWRL, WLIB, WBLS and WNYC, finally returning to WCBS 880 from 1999 to 2017. She’s been a street reporter, a news writer, an anchor and a talk-show host, and she’s covered everything from crime scenes to national political conventions. For good measure, she’s taught journalism at the Columbia J School and at CCNY, her alma mater.

Liz Johnson is the senior director of New Audience & Topics for The Bergen Record and NorthJersey.com. She was formerly content strategist for new audiences and for many years was the food editor at The Journal News and lohud.com, for which she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and The Associated Press.

William Lamb is deputy director of the Topics section of The (Bergen) Record, where he’s worked since 2006. Prior to that he was a senior editor at Dwell magazine, which focuses on modern architecture and design, and earlier, he was a reporter at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Carolyn Purcell is director of programming and operations for FiOS1 News Networks. She’s been with the company since 2011. Among other things, she launched “Money & MainStreet,” a daily business show, and consults on specials, web, lifestyle and news content. Earlier, she was senior executive producer of “Court TV/In Session,” turning out daily legal coverage, including high-profile live trials. She also produced programming for CNNfn, MSNBC, CBS News, A&E’s “Biography” series, and “Hostage: Rescue in Peru,” a special on the 1997 hostage crisis for TLC.

Eleanor Randolph was a member of the Editorial Board of The New York Times from 1998 to 2016. She has been a journalist since 1968. Before joining The Times, she covered national politics and the media for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Esquire, the New Republic and other magazines. Currently, she is a fellow at CUNY’s Leon Levy Biography Center.

Jack Schwartz, a newspaperman for almost 50 years, worked for six metropolitan dailies: The Mirror, The News, The Post, Newsday, The Long Island Press and The Times, plus a short stint at The International Herald-Tribune in Paris. He was a reporter and columnist but primarily distinguished himself as an editor, focusing on books and culture. When he retired in 2005, he was assistant editor of the New York Times Weekend section, in addition to working on the daily culture pages. He is the author of a 2015 memoir “The Fine Print: My Life as a Deskman.”

Robert W. Stock was a writer and editor at The New York Times for almost 30 years, from 1967 to 1995. He served variously as editor of the Sunday Business, Travel and Week in Review sections, and as a senior editor of the Sunday Magazine. He also wrote a column called “Senior Class.” He is currently a freelance writer and editor.

Stephen Vrattos is the editor of Schneps Communications, which includes community newspapers, magazines and websites reporting on local news and events in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Al Wasser, now retired, has logged more than half a century as a newsman. In 1962, he was a news editor at WINS Radio, then spent 14 years at WNEW Radio as an on-air analyst and reporter before joining NBC News as news manager for its radio network. He went to CBS News as a news editor and writer in the late 1970s, then was head writer at ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” before being named a news editor at ABC News.

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