Speaker Series

Previous speakers

Since 2006, The Media School Speaker Series has brought more than 80 renowned media professionals to speak to our students and the community.

Jad Abumrad
"Radiolab" host

Rafat Ali
Skift founder and CEO

Paula Apsell and Douglas Hamilton
"Nova" producers

Ken Auletta
Author and journalist

James Balog
Photojournalist and documentary filmmaker

Dan Balz
Washington Post correspondent

Michael Beschloss
Presidential historian

Walt Bogdanich
New York Times investigative journalist

Katherine Boo
Author and journalist

David Brooks
New York Times columnist

Joe Buck
FOX Sports broadcaster

James Burke
Science historian, television producer and author

John F. Burns
New York Times London bureau chief

Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Washington Post senior editor and author

Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Atlantic journalist and author

Anderson Cooper
Anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°"

Will Counts Memorial Lecture on Photojournalism
Michel du Cille, BA’85; Melissa Farlow, BA’84; and Bill Foley, ’77, BA’07

Fred de Sam Lazaro
"PBS NewsHour" correspondent

Frank Deford
NPR commentator, Sports Illustrated sportswriter, television correspondent, screenplay writer and novelist

Eric Deggans
NPR TV critic

E.J. Dionne
Washington Post columnist

Bob Dotson
NBC correspondent

Leonard Downie
Former Washington Post executive editor

Dave Eggers

Andrew Ferguson
Author and Weekly Standard editor

Thomas Friedman
New York Times columnist and author

 Elizabeth Gilbert

Maggie Haberman
New York Times White House correspondent

David Halberstam
Journalist and historian

Seymour Hersh

Peter Hessler
New Yorker staff writer

Maria Hinojosa
Broadcast producer and reporter

Christopher Hitchens

Roy W. Howard Lecture on Media Leadership
Gerry Kern, BA’71; Paul Tash, BA’76; and moderator Carrie Ritchie, BAJ’08

Fatema Hosseini


Matt Hunziker and Michael Gillis
The Onion staff writers

Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera 
Documentary directors 

David Ignatius
Washington Post columnist

Carolyn Jones
Photographer and filmmaker

Mike Kelley
TV writer/producer

Paula Kerger
PBS CEO and president

Gerould Kern
Chicago Tribune editor

Asma Khalid
NPR reporter

Elizabeth Kolbert
Science reporter and writer

Andrea Koppel
Former CNN broadcast journalist

Steve Kroft
CBS "60 Minutes" correspondent

Jim Lehrer
PBS "Newshour" executive editor and anchor

Lisa Ling
National Geographic "Explorer" host

Lara Logan
CBS chief foreign correspondent

David Margolick

Mira Nair
Film director

Sylvia Nasar
Author, journalist and professor

Sonia Nazario
Journalist and author

James Neff
Investigative reporter and editor

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
NPR correspondent

Robert Nickelsberg

Michele Norris
NPR's "All Things Considered" host

Ken Paulson
USA Today editor

Byron Pitts
"CBS Evening News" correspondent and "60 Minutes" contributor

James Portnow
Game designer

Anna Quindlen
Journalist and author

Alexandra Robbins
Investigative journalist

Bruce Joel Rubin

William Safire

David Sanger
Author and New York Times correspondent

Vivian Schiller

Michael Schultz
Film and TV director

Aman Sethi
Hindustan Times editor

Marc Smerling
Podcast and documentary producer

Brandon Stanton
Creator of Humans of New York

Sage Steele
ESPN television host

Margaret Sullivan
Washington Post columnist

Gay Talese
Journalist and author

Nina Totenberg
NPR legal affairs correspondent

Michael Uslan
Executive producer of Batman movie franchise

Jose Antonio Vargas
Journalist and documentary filmmaker

Elena Volochine
International journalist and documentary filmmaker

Margaret Warner
"PBS NewsHour" chief foreign correspondent

Katharine Weymouth
Washington Post publisher

Bill Whitaker
"60 Minutes" correspondent

Fredricka Whitfield

CNN news anchor

Judy Woodruff
"PBS NewsHour" anchor and managing editor

Bob Woodward
Washington Post assistant managing editor

Sheryl WuDunn
Author and journalist

Jeff Zaslow
Author and columnist


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