A number of journalists, experts and academics have spoken with our students on campus or via teleconferences. These guest speakers include:
Nationally known speakers
- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, retired from The New York Times, and author of two best-selling books, Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense and Stick You With The Bill and Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich—and Cheat Everybody Else.
- Wallace Westfeldt, founder and executive producer of Huntley-Brinkley Report, NBC Nightly News, NBC White Paper, NBC Reports and ABC Special Reports; and author of two books, With All Deliberate Speed and The First Hundred Days of John F. Kennedy; and recipient of four Emmy Awards and a George Peabody Award – TV’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.
- Nicholas Daniloff, former UPI and U.S. News & World Report reporter, author of two books, including Two Lives, One Russia and Of Spies and Spokesmen: My Life as a Cold War Correspondent.
- Ray Suarez, TV correspondent and anchor for “The NewsHour” on PBS and author of two books, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America and The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration.
- Mark Kriegel, FoxSports.com writer, author of two best-selling books, Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich and Namath: A Biography.
- Buster Olney, columnist at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, baseball analyst for ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”.
- Luke Cyphers, senior writer at ESPN The Magazine and former New York Daily News sportswriter.
- Jon Scher, an editor at ESPN The Magazine.
- Glenn Stout, the editor of the Best American Sportswriting series of books.
- Helen Thomas, legendary veteran White House correspondent for Hearst Newspapers and United Press International who has covered every president since the Eisenhower administration.
- David Barstow, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times.
- Andrea Elliott, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times.
- Julia Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Chicago Tribune.
- Celia Farber, award-winning science reporter with stories published in Spin, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Newsmax and Gear magazines, as well as Salon.com.
- Nicholas Wapshott, former New York bureau chief of The Times (London).
- Todd Lewan, national reporter for the Associated Press.
- Shanel Odum, editor in chief for Honey magazine.
- Linda Hobbs, investigative reporter for VIBE magazine.
- Jeff Schmidt, author of Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives.
- Lyn Gerry, host of the independent radio show “Unwelcome Guests.”
- Gerald Hannon, award-winning Canadian journalist.
- Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author who is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside; has written several books, including The End of Nature, regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, which has been printed in more than 20 languages.
- James Der Derian, professor at that Watson Institute of International Studies and director of its Global Security Program at Brown University; producer of three documentaries, “VY2K”, “After 911”, and “The Culture of War”; author and editor of several books on terrorism, national security, espionage, war and diplomacy; guest commentator on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and 60 Minutes.
- Herman Wasserman, a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, a Fulbright scholar with expertise in how the news media uses the Internet for social activism.
- Dave Heller, attorney with Media Law Resource Center based in New York City.
Regionally known speakers
- Alan Chartock, president and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, syndicated columnist, and author of Me and Mario Cuomo: Conversations in Candor.
- Bob Freeman, executive director of New York State Committee on Open Government in Albany.
- David Klatell, the vice dean and professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism; contributor to Washington Post Sunday Magazine and The New York Times; and former news writer, producer and executive producer for WCVB-TV in Boston.
- David T.Z. Mindich, associate professor and chair of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department at Saint Michael's College in Vermont and author of Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News.
- Michael Dupras, graphics/web development editor at Syracuse Post-Standard.
- Steve Carlic, government editor at Syracuse Post-Standard.
- Paul Block, executive producer for timesunion.com (Albany Times-Union).
- Matt Powers, online editorat Burlington Free-Press.
- Joe Brill, assistant editor at The Legislative Gazette in Albany.
- Annie Stoltie, editor of Adirondack Life.
- Brian Mann, reporter with North Country Public Radio, contributor to Adirondack Life and Adirondack Explorer magazines.
- Jack LaDuke, long-time TV reporter from regional CBS affiliate WCAX.
- Stephanie Gorin, TV anchor at regional NBC affiliate WPTZ.
- Gus Rosendale, TV anchor at regional NBC affiliate WPTZ.
- Thom Hallock, TV anchor at regional NBC affiliate WPTZ.
- Erin Vannella, TV reporter at regional NBC affiliate WPTZ.
- Kelly Minty Morris, reporter/anchor at regional NBC affiliate WPTZ.
- Gabrielle Komorowski, reporter/anchor at regional NBC affiliate WPTZ.
- Pam Bechtold, news producer at regional NBC affiliate WPTZ.
- Bob Grady, editor of the Press-Republican.
- Lois Clermont, news editor of the Press-Republican.
- Kelli Catana, photographer at the Press-Republican.
- Caroline Kehne, editor in chief of the Lake Champlain Weekly.
If you would like to learn more about the journalism programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Shawn Murphy, Chair
Co-Director, Center for Communication and Journalism
Office: Yokum Hall 103-A