As an undergraduate, Stephen Banker held the H.V. Kaltenborn Scholarship and cut his teeth in the news division of WHRB. His first interview was with Walt Kelly in Harvard Square at the height of the Pogo riot. Later, he attended Columbia University as a CBS Fellow, where he concentrated in Latin American affairs. For CBS News, he covered the Kennedy Assassination while based in Washington and also covered stories in Spain, France, Mexico, Cuba and Haiti. He then spent 20 years mostly on a cultural beat with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. But he kept one foot in hard news. During that period, he frequently reported on Watergate and provided live coverage for NPR of Nixon's departure from the White House. He was an on-air columnist for the PBS series The New Tech Times
with a series called "The Technoklutz," which was also printed in Popular Computing magazine
. Other articles have appeared in Smithsonian
, Fortune Small Business
, TV Guide
William Beecher has spent most of his life in Washington, as a correspondent for
such papers as the The Boston Globe
, The Wall Street Journal
, and The New York Times
. Mr. Beecher broke the story about the secret bombing of Cambodia in The New York Times
. He also made many multi-week reporting trips to the former Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and Far East, including five trips to Vietnam. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting.
Besides his experience in reporting, he has also had two tours in government. His first job with the government was as an Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in the Department of Defense. The second job that Mr. Beecher took with the government was as the Public Affairs Director for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Beecher retired at the end of 2003 but returned from retirement three months later to work as a principal in a Park Avenue strategic communications company. He was surprised at an international conference in Malta two years ago, being made a knight in the ancient order of St. John of Medina.
Richard Burgheim joined Time Inc.
in 1959, after a stint in the Coast Guard, and
never left the organization. He wrote at Time
, primarily in the Show Business
section, and later edited Life and Money
. Mr. Burgheim is currently working as the Consulting Editor at Time Inc.
between, he served on corporate research & development teams that incubated
HBO, a wire service and four magazines. Of the print start-ups, the sole survivor
, of which he became the first executive editor.
Mr. Burgheim's prouder legacy is his consulting role on New York Times Upfront
news magazine for high school students, and a generation of mentees now flourishing
in journalism. He is also a board member of the Doe Fund which raises money to help
homeless individuals re-enter the workforce and find stable careers.
David Burnham, an investigative reporter with the New York Times
from 1968 to
1986, is the co-founder and co-director of the Transactional Records Access
. Established in 1989, "the purpose of TRAC is to
provide the American people and institutions of oversight like news organizations,
Congress, public interest groups and scholars-with online access to comprehensive
information about the operations of the federal government." (TRAC website) Mr. Burnham is a member of the Electronic
Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Advisory Board. He has also worked as an Associate Research
Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In 1968, he received
the George Polk Award for Community Service from Long Island University. In 1987, he
received the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. In 1992, he received the
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy. He has written three books: A
Law Unto Itself: Power, Politics and the IRS
(1990), The Rise of the Computer State
(1984), and Above the Law: Secret Deals, Political Fixes, and Other Misadventures of
the U.S. Department of Justice
David Halberstam was born in 1934 in New York. He began his working at a small daily newspaper, Daily Times Leader
, in Mississippi. He was fired after ten months. He then spent four
years on The Nashville Tennessean
, covering the early days of the Civil Rights
Movement. He joined The New York Times
in the fall of 1960, and was soon sent to Vietnam.
Mr. Halberstam received a pulitzer for
his work in Vietnam. He left The New York Times
in 1967 to work for Harper's Magazine
Mr. Halberstam is an accomplished writer and has written thirteen Bestsellers. He has
written 19 books total to date including The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy
Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam during the Kennedy Era
The Best and the Brightest (1972), The Powers That Be
(1979), Breaks of the Game
(1981), The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic
(1985), The Reckoning
(1986), Summer of '49 (1989), The Next Century
(1991), The Fifties
(1993), October 1964
(1994), Freedom Fighters
(1999), Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
in a Time of Peace
(2002), The Teammates
(2003), and Bill
Belichick: The Education of a Coach
(2005). He has concentrated on writing books ever since
1972, when he published The Best and the Brightest
He is a member of the Society of American Historians, a fact that stunned fellow member Arthur Schlesinger who gave him a C- in American Intellectual History when he was at Harvard in the 1950s.
Jack Harrison grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. He has won a Pulitzer Prize and
six other national writing awards. The American Jewish Committee honored him for
successfully combating bigotry in Atlanta. He was Vice President of The New York
for 23 years, a director of The International Herald Tribune
Harvard Overseer. He and his wife mentor bright but financially needy children to
whom they provide scholarships through their charitable foundation. Jack retired and
he and his wife Bonnie live in Sarasota with their soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, Shanae.
Jonathan Randal worked as a foreign correspondent from 1957 to 1998 for a variety of
outlets, starting with United Press
before it became International, the old Paris
(now the International Herald Tribune
), The New York Times
and for almost 30
years for The Washington Post
. He is the former Senior Foreign Correspondent for The
He covered war and pestilence in many unpleasant climes, mostly the Middle
East, Africa and two spells in Vietnam. He also lived in Paris for about 40 years on
Mr. Randal remarks, "Hard work, but fun and it beat working for a living. I was
lucky to work many years for Ben Bradlee at The Washington Post
. The best years were
before the direct dial telephone, the satellite telephone and other inventions of
the devil, which put editors and others who had never missed a hot meal in the
driver's seat. The late Joe Alsop got it right with the title of
his memoirs, "I'd seen the best of it.""
Following graduation, Sydney Schanberg went to Harvard Law School for two
months, found it wasn't a fit, and left. He was soon drafted into the Army, spending
two years in Cold-War Germany. Afterward, he took an I.Q. test at The New York Times
and was hired as a copy boy. Better things followed, he worked as the bureau chief in Albany
covering Nelson Rockefeller, and then several years in India and Pakistan. Next was
Southeast Asia, where he focused on the war in Cambodia. He later worked as The New York Times
City Editor, and then as an Op-Ed columnist for the same newspapers. After The New York Times
, he took his column to Newsday
and also explored the digital world as investigations editor at APB.com.
He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his reporting in Cambodia. The
Academy Award winning film, Killing Fields
, bases its central character on Sydney
Schanberg and his work in Cambodia.
"It's a good life. I'm still at it, writing at the Village Voice
. And, I have
a great family, who cheer me on and make me smile as they tolerate my storms and eccentricities."