Board of Directors
Chairman: Peter Price
President of Premieres Previews Former President and CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Peter O. Price is Chairman and Chief Executive of Premiere Previews, a joint venture with the New York Times and Warner Bros., which digitally restores film classics for screenings by club members of the New York Times Film Club. Price began his media career as a summer intern at The Wall Street Journal while attending Princeton University, where he graduated with honors in 1962. He subsequently graduated from Yale Law School.
He served as Director of Corporate Development for Time Inc., President of Media Networks, Publisher of the New York Post, President of the National Sports Daily, President of Liberty Cable, President of Television USA, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In 2009, Price was asked by Mayor Bloomberg to Chair Media NYC 2020 to formulate the digital media strategy for New York City. In 2010 he assumed the Chairmanship of Reporters Without Borders in the United States. In 2011, he was appointed a strategic advisor to Intel.
President & Treasurer: Delphine Halgand
US Director, Reporters Without Borders
Delphine Halgand has been working as the Director of the Washington DC office for Reporters Without Borders since December 2011. She runs the US activities for the organization and advocates for journalists, bloggers and media rights worldwide. Acting as RWB’s spokesperson in the US, Delphine regularly appears on American (PBS, Wall Street Journal,…), foreign media (Al Jazeera, NTN24,…) and lectures at conferences in US universities (Harvard University, UCLA,…) on press freedom violation issues.
She previously served as Press attaché in charge of outreach at the French Embassy to the US. Since graduating from Sciences Po Paris with an M.A. in Journalism, Delphine has worked as an economics correspondent for various French media (Le Monde, Les Echos, L’Express,...), focusing mainly on international politics and macroeconomic issues.
Secretary: Seth Redniss
Seth Redniss is a lawyer based in New York. He has represented Reporters Without Borders on a wide range of legal matters for more than eight years. He has also participated in RWB’s fact-finding missions in Colombia and contributed to a variety of RWB reports. In private practice, he has litigated high-profile matters in media and the arts, including cases involving the authentication of artwork by Andy Warhol and the termination of publisher Judith Regan by News Corp following the controversial plans to publish a book by OJ Simpson. Redniss is committed to helping democratize legal services and, in late 2012, he will launch a digital venture to enable people to negotiate fair, plain language agreements online, without lawyers. He has also contributed to various publications including Forbes.com, Open Democracy and Huffington Post. Seth is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has completed additional studies in Italy (translating Hittite) and Hong Kong (studying Chinese law).
President and Publisher of Harper’s magazine
John R. (Rick) MacArthur is president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine and an award-winning journalist and author. Under his leadership, the magazine has received 18 National Magazine Awards, the industry’s highest recognition.
In 2008, MacArthur published his third book, You Can’t Be President, updated and re-issued in 2012 as The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America: Or, Why A Progressive Presidency Is Impossible. He writes a monthly column for the Providence Journal and, in French, for Le Devoir (Montreal) on a wide range of topics, from politics to culture. In 1993 he received the Mencken Award for best editorial/op-ed column for his New York Times investigation of Nayrah Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador’s daughter who helped fake the Iraqi baby-incubator atrocity. MacArthur’s first book, Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, won the Illinois ACLU’s 1992 Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression award. His follow-up, The Selling of “Free Trade”: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, was published in the spring of 2000.
A tireless advocate for international human rights, MacArthur founded and serves on the board of directors of the Death Penalty Information Center and the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center. Along with members of his family he founded Article 19, the International Center on Censorship, based in London, and in 1989 he initiated and helped organize the PEN/Article 19/Author’s Guild rally for Salman Rushdie. He is also on the board of directors of the Author’s Guild, and he is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.
Contributing Editor for the Washington Post
Jim Hoagland is an American journalist and two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize who joined the Reporters Without Borders board in 2013. He is Contributing Editor for The Washington Post.
Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Hoagland is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He attended post graduate programs at both the University of Aix-en-Provence in France and Columbia University in New York.
Writing for the Washington Post, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1971 "for his coverage of the struggle against apartheid in the Republic of South Africa." Again for the Post he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1991 "for searching and prescient columns on events leading up to the Gulf War and on the political problems of Mikhail Gorbachev." He was awarded the Europa Prize by a jury of European editors in 2002, He is the author of South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict.
Hoagland is an officier of the French Legion of Honor, France’s equivalent to the British knighthood, for his contribution to Franco-American understanding. His involvement in Reporters Without Borders stems from a strong commitment to the importance of a free press in fostering stability and justice in societies around the world.
News Talk Radio Bureau Chief
Ellen Ratner serves as chief political correspondent and news analyst for Talk Radio News Service where she analyzes events, reports breaking news, and provides lively interviews with newsmakers in government and entertainment. She joined FOX News as a contributor in October 1997. She started College Media News, a news service internship program for college students. In addition, she was Washington bureau chief and political editor for Talkers Magazine.
Ratner also produces Talk Daily, a daily update from key talk shows across the country posted on the Internet daily, and is the author of 101 Ways to Get Your Progressive Ideas on Talk Radio. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and Harvard University.
Head of Communities
Tala Dowlatshahi is a producer and reporter. From 2002 to 2009, Dowlatshahi served as the New York Director for the organization. She has worked for Amnesty International and various UN agencies. In addition, Tala served as the United Nations Bureau Chief for Talk Radio News Service. Tala Dowlatshahi joined the International Relations and Security Network in January 2012. Dowlatshahi has chronicled stories in Afghanistan, Colombia, Eritrea, Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda. She has also been featured on CNN International, BBC World News, Al Jazeera and in various humanitarian news programs.
She is an associate member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Interactive EMMYs, New York Women in Film and Television and the Overseas Press Club of America. She holds a B.A. in mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in international politics from New York University.
CNN America anchor/correspondent
Kitty Pilgrim is a writer. She was a New York based anchor and correspondent for CNN, and has been with the company for 22 years. At present, she is a regular correspondent for the CNN Program for Lou Dobbs Tonight and also serves as backup anchor. Prior to this position, Pilgrim served as anchor for CNN’s morning program Early Edition as well as CNN’s Your Money. As a correspondent, Pilgrim’s work includes both domestic and international reporting.
In the domestic arena, Pilgrim’s most recent work includes an expose on electronic voting machine irregularities, extensive coverage of toxic products in the consumer marketplace, financial fraud in the wake of the financial crisis, credit card abuses against consumers by major lenders, the personal stories of many Americans who now face financial hardship, and the importance of health care reforms. In international coverage, Pilgrim has reported extensively on Russia, including the restructuring of the economy in the 1990s. She won an Overseas Press Club award for the reporting. She now covers Russia in terms of security issues and world diplomacy.
Johnnie Roberts is a veteran business journalist and a communications specialist. Roberts started his three-decade career writing for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswire for 13 years. Beginning in the late 1980s, Roberts was assigned to the media and communications sectors, and emerged as one of the nation’s must-read journalists. Chronicling the rise of Big Media, he reported on the genesis and evolution of vertically-integrated media conglomerates such as Time Warner, News Corp., Viacom and Disney.
In the mid-1990s, Roberts joined Newsweek, where he helped established the No. 2 national newsweekly as the No. 1 voice on the transforming media business. In 1997, Roberts was named to the list of “100 Most Influential Business Journalists” by the then-trade bible Journalist and Financial Reporter Newsletter. Through frequent TV appearances on PBS-TV’s Charlie Rose, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood, Roberts became a highly visible media analyst.
Today, Roberts’ combined experiences have positioned him as one of the industry’s most insightful communications authorities with a roster of consulting clients in entertainment, philanthropy and private industry.
Elizabeth Colton is currently writing a book on diplomacy, global politics and the media. Her recent work as an American diplomat included tours as the American spokesperson/press attaché in frontline posts in Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, and Algeria, as well as diplomatic stints in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Elizabeth Colton’s career comprises not only diplomacy, but also journalism, U.S. and international politics, education and worldwide speaking on 6 continents and more than 100 countries. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Elizabeth Colton was a journalist covering U.S. foreign policy and major world news in all of the news media including NBC News, Newsweek, National Public Radio, Mutual Broadcasting and Asiaweek. She also served as executive editor of ten weekly Arundel newspapers in Virginia and as a columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Colton was also Professor of Mass Communications, Politics and Journalism at Shenandoah University, where she established the university’s International Journalism Center and Symposia on Diplomacy and the Media. Elizabeth Colton received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, two M.A.s from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science.
Executive producer, Founder of MediaStorm
Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of the award-winning multimedia production studio MediaStorm based in Brooklyn, New York.
Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. From 1995 to 2002, Storm was the first director of multimedia at MSNBC.com, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC News, where he was responsible for the audio, photography and video elements of the site. In October of 1998, he created MSNBC’s The Week in Pictures to showcase visual journalism in new media, a forerunner of the photography galleries that have become a standard offering of all major content sites today.
Storm received his master’s degree in photojournalism in 1995 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism where he ran the New Media Lab and taught Electronic Photojournalism. In 1994, he launched the first version of MediaStorm as an interactive CD-ROM production company.
Storm serves on the media advisory boards for the Council on Foreign Relations, the W. Eugene Smith Fund, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop, University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year, Foundation Rwanda, Anthropographia, and Brooks Institute’s Journalism School. He is a frequent speaker on the subject of multimedia storytelling.