New Members’ Brief Biographies

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.

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.

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.

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.


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