New Members’ Brief Biographies

Merry Clark was a reporter for the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Her New York City-based career includes posts as a magazine writer and editor at New York Magazine; a publishing executive at the Hearst Corp., where she developed nationally syndicated newspaper columns and new magazines. She is now Editorial Director of Heloise, Inc., a lifestyle brand. And she is a Producer of Screenplay Development and Partner at Kara Productions, Inc., a movie company in New York City. She lectures on journalism in an NYU/ UCLA summer program. Clark holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas, where she was editor of The Daily Texan, and a Master of Science Degree in Communication from Shippensburg University (Pennsylvania) and is a graduate of the New York University School for Professional Studies Program.

Ann Crittenden is an award-winning journalist, author and lecturer. She was a reporter at The New York Times from 1975 to 1983, writing on a wide range of economic topics and initiating numerous investigative reports. Prior to joining The Times, she was a researcher and writer at Fortune magazine, and a writer and foreign correspondent at Newsweek. She has also been a visiting lecturer for MIT and Yale, an economics commentator for CBS News, and executive director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Ms. Crittenden’s books include “The Price of Motherhood,” published in 2001 and named one of that year’s Notable Books by The Times. Her most recent book, “If You’ve Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything,” appeared in 2004. She has also written “Sanctuary: A Story of American Conscience and the Law in Collision” (1998) one of The Times’ Notable Books of that year, and “Killing the Sacred Cows: Bold Ideas for a New Economy” (1993). Ms. Crittenden is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former board member of the International Center for Research on Women.

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.

Karen Feld has been a freelance writer, editor and broadcaster since 1969. She was Washington editor of the Shuttle Sheet, a Delta Airlines in-flight magazine; a syndicated gossip columnist with stints at the Washington Times and the Washington Examiner; and she has written on a variety of subjects for such publications as Parade, People, Time, Newsday, Money and Vogue.

Michael Karzis is a producer at “60 Minutes.” He has been at CBS News since 1997. Prior to that, he was a producer for “Peter Jennings Reports” at ABC News.

Mike Kelly is an award-winning columnist at the Bergen Record, where he has been employed since 1975. He has written about events foreign and domestic, was named “Journalist of the Year” in 2001 by the New Jersey Press Association and “best general interest columnist in America” in 2004 by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists,” and he’s reported from Africa, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Israel, Iraq, Malaysia, and the George Washington Bridge. He is also the author of three non-fiction books, the most recent of which is “The Bus on Jaffa Road,” a chronicle of a single act of terrorism and its effect on the victims as they tried to seek justice.

Jennifer A. Kingson is managing editor, business, at Axios Media, a news and information website where she oversees the coverage of markets, banking real estate, and other financial topics. She joined the site in 2019. From 2004 to 2017, she was an assignment editor at The New York Times, and before that, a reporter and then a senior editor at The American Banker, a daily trade newspaper and website.

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.

Patricia Jo Matson, is a former senior vice president at ABC Television and a current communications consultant at The Walt Disney Co. She was at ABC from 1979 to 2001 and has been working with Disney since that time. During the Gerald Ford administration, she worked in the White House as assistant press secretary to First Lady Betty Ford and was one of her speechwriters.

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.”

David Seifman has been the political editor of The New York Post since 2013. He joined the Post in 1973 as a part-time copy boy, while a student at CCNY. He worked his way through the ranks to general assignment reporter in the 1970s, around the time the Post was undergoing a profound change, moving from Dorothy Schiff’s ownership to Rupert Murdoch’s. In 1982, Seifman was assigned to cover City Hall as a vacation replacement. He was named City Hall bureau chief in 1989, also taking over the newspaper’s weekly “Inside City Hall” column, which he wrote until 2013, when he was named political editor of the Post. He retired in April.

Raymond Sokolov is a veteran journalist and author who has written extensively about food for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His career goes back to 1965, when he joined Newsweek as a correspondent in Paris. Two years later, he returned to the U.S. as an arts writer for Newsweek. In 1971, he was hired by The Times as restaurant critic and food writer. He left The Times in 1973 and worked as a freelance writer until 1981, when he was named editor of Book Digest and then founding editor of the WSJ’s daily Leisure and Arts page, a post he held until 2002. Now retired, he continues to write about food for national publications. Mr. Sokolov’s books include “The Cook’s Canon:101 Classic Recipes Everyone Should Know”; “The Saucier’s Apprentice”; “Why We Eat What We Eat”; and “Wayward Reporter,” a biography of A.J. Liebling. For some 20 years, he wrote “A Matter of Taste,” a food-oriented column in Natural History, the monthly magazine of the American Museum of Natural History.

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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