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, Democracy Now, Wall Street Journal,…), foreign media (BBC World TV, Al Jazeera, NTN24,…) and lectures at conferences in US universities (Harvard, UCLA, Yale, Columbia…) 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 ten 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).
Global Chief Marketing Officer for Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Maryam Banikarim is the global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. She is responsible for bringing the company’s brands and experiences to life while facilitating innovation around the guest experience and driving growth.
Widely known for her boundless curiosity, ability to build dynamic teams and forge partnerships, Maryam applies her entrepreneurial talents to drive change.
Most recently she was the first Chief Marketing Officer at the Gannett Company, responsible for national sales, company-wide marketing, communications and research. Prior to Gannett, she was senior vice president at NBC Universal and chief marketing officer for Univision Communications, Inc.
Before that, Maryam founded a strategy firm, consulting for such clients as Deutsche Bank, Bacardi and Time-Warner. She also worked at Turner Broadcasting, MacMillan Publishing, and was a lead team member for the launch of CitySearch, an early Internet start-up. Maryam began her career in account management at Young & Rubicam.
Her achievements have been widely recognized: The New York Post’s “50 Most Powerful Women in NYC,” Fast Company’s “Fast Fifty” list of corporate trailblazers and trendsetters, Fast Company’s “Top 10 Disrupters,” Crain’s New York Business and Advertising Age’s “40 under 40,” Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch,” Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000,” and most recently Adweek’s “Changing the Game” list of advertising women of New York.
Additionally, she is recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the League of Women Voters of the City of New York and was honored by the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York. She serves on the boards of Reporters Without Borders, Columbia University’s Alumni Association, the Ad Council, Advertising Week and the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.
Maryam earned both her MBA and Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, and received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, where she was a Harry S. Truman scholar.
Maryam resides in Chicago with her husband, two teenage children and their dog Charlie.
Barbara Taylor Bradford O.B.E.
Barbara Taylor Bradford has been a journalist all her life. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, she became a reporter on the Yorkshire Evening Post when she was sixteen. At eighteen she was appointed women’s page editor of the paper, the youngest in all of the UK. At twenty she left her hometown and moved to London to work in Fleet Street, first as fashion editor of a woman’s magazine, and then as a feature writer on the London Evening News. Later she was executive editor of The London American, a weekly newspaper published for Americans living in the UK, but it was widely read by everyone.
Mrs. Bradford lives in New York with her husband of fifty years, film and television producer Robert Bradford. As a child she wrote stories, and sold her first to a children’s magazine when she was ten. But she did not write fiction again until she was in her thirties. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 55 weeks. To date it has sold 35 million copies worldwide. In total all of her 29 novels have sold 86 million copies in 90 countries and forty languages. Ten of her books were made into TV films and mini-series’ by her husband, and starred such actors as Liam Neeson, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jenny Seagrove, Deborah Kerr, James Brolin and Lindsey Wagner, to name a few.
In 2007 Mrs. Bradford was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, at an investiture at Buckingham Palace. The honor was given for her services to literature. She holds five Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Leeds; the University of Bradford; Teikyo Post University, in Connecticut; Siena College in Loudonville, New York; and Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh. Mrs. Bradford is the recipient of 25 additional awards for her writing achievements and philanthropy. The Brotherton Library at Leeds University is the Keeper of the Barbara Taylor Bradford Archive, where all of her manuscripts are housed in the Brotherton Collection.
Although she has been writing novels for the past 36 years, Mrs. Bradford has remained a journalist continuing to write for such UK national newspapers as the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail. She says she is a newspaperwoman at heart and will never change. Other than her work, her two passions are working for literacy, and her support for the freedom of the press and the right to print all of the news without government interference.
Mrs. Bradford was recently appointed an Ambassador for the National Literacy Trust in the UK. Her latest novel, Cavendon Hall, has just been published in the UK and the US.
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.
Anchor for CBS
Jeff Glor is the anchor of the Sunday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and an Emmy award-winning correspondent assigned to the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."
He was named anchor of the Sunday edition of the "CBS Evening News" in 2012. Previously, Glor anchored the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" (2009-2010) and "The Early Show" (2011).
Since joining CBS News in 2007, Glor has traveled extensively to report on domestic and international stories. He covered the Boston Marathon bombings, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in Atlantic City, and the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting. Glor also reported live from Norway after the twin terror attacks in 2011.
Glor was one of the first journalists on the ground in Haiti following that country’s devastating earthquake in 2010. He reported from Iraq in 2007, when he was embedded with the U.S. military. Glor also covered the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in China and the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. In 2008, Glor was a lead member of the CBS News team that covered Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visits to Washington, D.C. and New York City. He was also the primary campaign correspondent for "The Early Show" during the 2008 presidential election.
Before joining CBS News, Glor was the weekend evening news anchor and a weekday reporter for WHDH-TV Boston (2003-2007). While there, he covered many national stories, including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005 from Rome, and the hearings on steroid use in Major League Baseball from Washington, D.C.
Prior to that, Glor was the co-anchor of WSTM-TV Syracuse’s 5 PM newscast and a reporter for the 11 PM newscast (2000-2003), as well as the morning news anchor (1997-2000). Among the national stories he covered while at WSTM were the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the crash of Flight 587 in Queens, N.Y. He also reported live from Toronto when the Pope visited there in 2002.
Glor began his journalism career in 1997 as the station’s news writer, while attending college. While in Central N.Y., he was named "Best Male News Anchor" by the Syracuse New Times, one of the 40 most promising professionals under the age of 40, and he served as a contributing researcher and writer on "The Legal Handbook for N.Y. State Journalists."
Born in Tonawanda, N.Y., Glor graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1997 with a degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences.
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.
Cofounder and former Executive Director of France24
Jean Lesieur is one of the cofounders and the former Executive Director (he left in December 2011) of the international news channel France 24, broadcasting twenty four hours a day simultaneously in French, English, and Arabic. France 24 was launched in December 2006 and is available in the whole world. It has close to 300 full time journalists (representing 29 different nationalities) and almost 1000 correspondents throughout the world.
Before joining France 24, Jean Lesieur was an editorial adviser to the Executive Board of the Hachette Filipacchi Magazine Group in Paris and New York. He was also for many years the Executive Director of French magazines Tele 7 Jours and Gala, an international correspondent and managing editor for French news magazines Le Point and L’Express.
A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism (1974), he is an occasional contributor to the op-ed pages of the Providence Journal (Providence, Rhode Island) and has been recently free lancing from the United States for the French weekly Marianne. He is the author of two books : L’Affaire Carolyn Black, a novel (Editions Jean-Claude Lattès, 1998) and, under a pen name, of a memoir that was awarded two literary prizes in France, and was translated into English and published in the United States. Publisher’s Weekly reviewed it as « a moving work, written in haunting prose... An intense book ».
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.
Founding dean of the Aga Khan University
Michael Meyer is founding dean of the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications. He came to Nairobi from the United Nations, where he served for five years as the communications director and chief speechwriter for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
An award-winning correspondent for Newsweek, he chronicled the break-up of communist Europe and German unification and, subsequently, the decade-long war in the Balkans. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked in Kosovo with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, after which he returned to Newsweek as the magazine’s Europe editor.
Michael is the author of the Alexander Complex, an examination of the psychology of American empire builders, and the Year that Changed the World: the Untold Story of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, an eye-witness account of the revolutions of 1989, published in eleven languages and rated one of the “ten best books of 2009” by the Washington Post.
Michael Meyer appears regularly as a commentator for MSNBC, CNN, NPR and other broadcast networks; his work has appeared in most of the world’s major newspapers. He is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and was an inaugural fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
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.
Co-President of VICE Media
James Schwab is Co-President of VICE Media, working to grow VICE’s business and expand its content and distribution partnerships. Before serving as Co-President, James was a long-term strategic adviser to VICE on its overall business strategy, including in its partnerships with A&E Networks, Rogers Communications, YouTube, Live Nation, HBO, and more.
Prior to joining VICE, James was chair of the Media and Entertainment Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where he advised companies such as Time Warner, Sony, Dreamworks, The Weinstein Company, Discovery Communications, and the creative forces behind South Park and Rockstar Games.
James also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of The Devereux Foundation; is a co-founder of Autism Speaks and is a current member of its Housing and Residential Supports Committee; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism, Inc; and is a member of the U.S. Advisory Board of Reporters Without Borders.
President of France Amerique, the only French US based media company Founder and honorary President of International Action Against Hunger
Guy Sorman is a French Scholar, columnist and author living in Paris and New York. Graduated from National School of public Administration, ENA in 1969, Sorman taught Economics and political philosophy from 1970 to 2000 at Paris University, Institute of political sciences. He founded Sorman Publications in 1975, which releases 20 weekly newsletters on public finance, ecology, local administration, small business, urban planning, and health care. Sorman is contributing editor for City Journal in New York while also serving as syndicated columnist for Le Figaro, Le Monde, Project Syndicate, ABC Spain, L’Hebdo, Geneva, Gazeta Wyborca Warsaw, Joogang ilbo, Seoul.
From 1993 to 1997, Guy Sorman served as economic adviser for the Prime Minister of France, then becoming global advisor to the President of South Korea since 2009. Sorman is a member of the French National Commission for Human Rights since 2004. He is also author of “The American Heart, in Praise of Giving”, “Diary of an Optimist”, and “Wonderful World”, just to name a few of his most recent books.
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.