Reporters Without Borders

Board - US chapter

Published on Thursday 1 November 2012. Updated on Thursday 13 February 2014.
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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

Attorney

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).

Advisory Board

Maryam Banikarim

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Gannett Co., Inc.

Maryam Banikarim is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Gannett. Responsible for national sales, company-wide marketing, communications, and research, her most important role is to be a catalyst for change — translating disruptive ideas into measureable results.

Widely known for her boundless curiosity, ability to build dynamic teams and forge partnerships, Maryam applies her entrepreneurial talents to drive change and effect growth. Her efforts have earned her a spot on a number of lists: 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” and most recently Fast Company’s “Most Creative People In Business 1000.”

Maryam’s unorthodox career began at Young & Rubicam at the dawn of the dot-com era. From there she went on to Turner Broadcasting, MacMillan Publishing, and she was a lead team member for the launch of CitySearch. She then founded a designer handbag company and a thriving consulting business, which provided strategic expertise to a variety of clients including Deutsche Bank, Bacardi and Time-Warner. Her most recent roles were as Chief Marketing Officer of Univision Communications, Inc. and Senior Vice President for Integrated Sales Marketing at NBC Universal.

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 New York City with her husband and two children.

Elizabeth Colton

Diplomat, Journalist

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.

Tala Dowlatshahi

Director of Communications at United Nations General Assembly Office of the President-elect 68th session

Tala Dowlatshahi is a producer and reporter based in New York. 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 and the United Nations General Assembly Office of the President-elect as Director of Communication in June 2013. 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.

Jim Hoagland

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.

Jean Lesieur

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 ».

John MacArthur

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.

Kitty Pilgrim

Author - Former CNN America anchor/correspondent

Kitty Pilgrim is an author of popular fiction. She worked as a CNN correspondent and news anchor for 24 years. As a New York-based reporter her normal beat included politics and economics but her assignments also have taken her around the world – Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, the Middle East, Korea and South Africa. Pilgrim anchored her own CNN morning show, “Early Edition” in 1998-1999 and was anchor for prime time broadcasts at CNN from 2001-2010. Pilgrim is the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, a Peabody Award, An Emmy, and New York Society of Black Journalists Award. She is a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, and is a member of the Explorer’s Club of New York.

Ellen Ratner

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.

Johnnie Roberts

Journalist

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.

Guy Sorman

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.

Brian Storm

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.

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