New Members’ Brief Biographies

Bob Essman has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a designer of such magazines as Life, Business Week, Family Circle and People. He joined the layout department of Life magazine in 1961, became creative director of its Special Projects department in 1969 and designed that year’s special commemorative issue “To the Moon and Back.” That was followed by a stint as creative/art director of Show magazine (1969-1979); creative/art director of Business Week (1970-1974), including a redesign of the magazine in 1971; and eight years as creative director of People (1974-1982). He’s been honored by many organizations, including the Art Directors Club of New York, the American Society of Magazine Editors, the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Publication Designers.

Peter Lewine first job was as a desk assistant and then news editor at KCBS Newsradio in San Francisco. From there, he was an on-air TV reporter in San Jose, Calif.; San Diego;r and at the Post-Newsweek station in Detroit, where he covered the auto industry and politics. Then it was on to New York, where Lewine worked on the Foreign News assignment desk of ABC News and was an occasional writer and off-air reporter covering presidential campaigns before shifting gears and moving to the business side of several trade publications.

Jon Richards began doing editorial cartoons for the Santa Fe Reporter in 1988. His work appeared for many years in the Huffington Post and have been seen in the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Albuquerque Journal Santé Fe, and the Oklahoma City Gazette. He was editorial cartoonist for Theodore Kheel’s Earth Summit Times, and for the 1990 “Inner Circle” show in New York. In 2004, his work was featured in “Bushwhacked,” a group show at the George Adams Gallery in New York. His movie reviews appear in the Santa Fe Pasatiempo and the Online Film Critics Society. He novels include “The Whitmarsh Chronicles,” a three-volume work he co-authored; “Tularosa” and “Cherokee Bill,” both historical fiction with Western settings; “Santa Fe,” a novel set in the capital of New Mexico; and “Nick & Jake.”

Ann Warwick began her professional life as a journalist before morphing into an administrative role at SUNY’s College of Optometry. She started as a stringer and then a reporter at the Bergen Record in 1967. In 1969, she was hired by Ridgewood, (N.J.) Newspapers, Inc., as women’s editor and home living columnist. She joined SUNY in 1983 as vice president and director of special events at the College of Optometry and retired as executive director of the Optometric Center of New York in 2018.

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