World-class speakers: Community Conversations

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., chairman, The New York Times Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Bob Schieffer, anchor, CBS News and Face the Nation with former Poynter President Jim Naughton Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

William Raspberry, columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Washington Post Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Cokie Roberts, senior news analyst, NPR and political commentator, ABC News with former Poynter Faculty Bob Steele. Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author, worked as a journalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She draws comparisons in her work writing books with writing on deadline as a newspaper reporter. Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Jeremy Schaap and Cris Carter, ESPN commentators, spoke on a panel at Poynter: How the Majesty and Money of Sports Affect the Values and Culture of American Life. Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Ted Koppel, Former “Nightline” anchor answers questions from the audience in a session moderated by former Poynter Dean Keith Woods. Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times talks with attendees at a reception after his talk. Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Don Gonyea, White House Correspondent, NPR Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Katharine Weymouth, publisher, The Washington Post. Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Dan Rather, former news anchor, CBS Evening News talks with former Poynter President Bob Haiman. Jim Stem / The Poynter Institute

Poynter Community Conversations began in 2005 when New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger led a public session during which he invited the audience to ask questions. The program format proved to be immensely popular and since then, Poynter has hosted numerous journalists and thousands of citizens who want to better understand the work, challenges and motivations of today’s media.

Ticket sales for these conversations, along with donations, support the Institute’s student programs, bringing writing and journalism instruction to young people from elementary through college age. These sold-out events enable Poynter to offer workshops to students who could not otherwise afford Poynter tuition. Corporate sponsors underwrite program costs, allowing Tampa Bay residents’ gifts to fund student scholarships.

Here’s a list of just a few of the distinguished journalists who have crossed the threshold at Poynter over the last 35 years for community conversations and other special events:

Poynter Community Conversation Speakers:

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., chairman, The New York Times

William Raspberry, columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Washington Post

Diana Sugg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Baltimore Sun

Art Caplan, medical ethicist, University of Pennsylvania

Sam Donaldson, reporter and news anchor, ABC News

Cokie Roberts, senior news analyst, NPR and political commentator, ABC News

Martha Raddatz, correspondent, ABC News

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, assistant managing editor, The Washington Post

Howard Troxler, columnist, The St. Petersburg Times

Gwen Ifill, journalist, PBS

Anne Hull, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, The Washington Post

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning project editor, The Washington Post

Juan Williams, reporter, NPR

Connie Schultz, columnist, The Plain Dealer

Chris Mortensen, Jeremy Schaap, Cris Carter and Suzy Kolber, ESPN commentators; and Rob King, ESPN Editor-in-Chief

Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author

Ted Koppel, Former “Nightline” anchor

Don Gonyea, White House Correspondent, NPR

Ron Haviv, award-winning photojournalist

Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times

Katharine Weymouth, publisher, The Washington Post

Dan Rather, former news anchor, CBS Evening News

Chip Somodevilla, White House News Photographers Association 2010 Photographer of the Year

Steve Lopez, columnist, Los Angeles Times

George Packer, staff writer, The New Yorker

Tom Brokaw, special correspondent, NBC News

Ken Paulson, president & CEO, First Amendment Center

John Seigenthaler, founder, First Amendment Center

Carl Juste, photojournalist

Bob Woodward, journalist and best-selling author

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press cartoonist, Steve Kelley, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune cartoonist, Ann Telnaes, The Washington Post cartoonist, Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist, Jack Ohman, The Oregonian cartoonist, Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader cartoonist

Poynter’s James M. Naughton Leadership Lecture Series:

2003 Gene Roberts, retired executive editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

2004 Ken Auletta, writer, journalist and media critic, The New Yorker

2005 Tom Bettag, executive producer, ABC’s Nightline

2006 Bob Schieffer, anchor, CBS News and Face the Nation

2007 Ellen Weiss, senior vice president for news, NPR

2008 Len Downie, retired executive editor, The Washington Post

2009 Tran Ha, editor, RedEye and former Naughton Fellow

2010 Steve Lopez, columnist, The Los Angeles Times

Poynter Photo Night Speaker Series:

Sam Abell, photographer

Don Bartletti, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, The Los Angeles Times

John Paul Caponigro, photographer and fine artist

Jahi Chikwendiu, photojournalist, The Washington Post

Carolyn Cole, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, The Los Angeles Times

Alan Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Associated Press

Cheryl Diaz Myer, Pulitzer Prize-winning freelance photographer

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist

Travis Fox, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and journalist

Carol Guzy, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, The Washington Post

David Alan Harvey, Magnum photographer

Ron Haviv, photojournalist

Todd Heisler, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, The New York Times

Vincent LaForet, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer

David Leeson, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist

Brian Storm, Founder of MediaStorm

David Turnley, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and filmmaker

Other Award-Winning Guest Speakers

Jacqui Banaszynski, Pulitzer winner

Dean Baquet, Pulitzer winner

Rick Bragg, Pulitzer winner

David Broder, Pulitzer winner

John Chancellor, RTNDA Paul White Award winner

Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer winner

Lane DeGregory, Pulitzer winner

David Finkel, Pulitzer winner

Thomas French, Pulitzer winner

Michael Gartner, Pulitzer winner

Jeff Good, Pulitzer winner

David Halberstam, Pulitzer winner

Don Hewitt, RTNDA Paul White Award winner

Alex Jones, Pulitzer winner

Steve Kroft, RTNDA Paul White Award winner

Ann Marie Lipinski, Pulitzer winner

William Marimow, Pulitzer winner

Lucy Morgan, Pulitzer winner

Eugene Patterson, Pulitzer winner

Don Murray, Pulitzer winner

Jack Nelson, Pulitzer winner

Howell Raines, Pulitzer winner

Peter Rinearson, Pulitzer winner

Tim Russert, RTNDA Paul White Award winner

Connie Schultz, Pulitzer winner

Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer winner