Columbia Journalism School


2016 Alumni Awards

December 17, 2015

Five distinguished alumni of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism will be honored at the 2016 Alumni Weekend, April 15-16.

Four will receive Alumni Awards and and the fifth will receive the Founder's Award.

The Alumni Award winners are Solly Granatstein '94, a television producer, Margo Jefferson '71, author, critic and teacher; David McHam '60, journalism educator; and Sree Sreenivasan '93, chief digital officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Founder's Award winner is Keith Goggin '91, a member of the School's Board of Visitors who has been organizing his J-School peers and volunteering his services to the school since he was a student.

The Alumni Awards are presented annually for a distinguished journalism career in any medium, an outstanding single journalistic accomplishment, a notable contribution to journalism education or an achievement in related fields. The winners were selected by a panel of jurors composed of previous award winners, headed by Fiona Kirk '00, chair of the Alumni Board. Previous winners are listed here.

The Founder's Award was created in 2007 to recognize an alumnus who has demonstrated continued support for the mission of the school. Keith is only the fifth recipient of the Founder's Award. The others are listed here.

The awards will be presented on Saturday, April 16, at a luncheon at Low Library.

More about the 2016 Alumni Award winners:

Solly Granatstein headshot 2013 - small versionSolly Granatstein '94 
Solly has won nine Emmys, a DuPont, a Peabody and numerous other awards for his work during nearly two decades as a producer at all three major network TV news divisions, including twelve years at "60 Minutes." Most recently, he won a George Polk Award and an IRE Medal for "The Real Death Valley,'' a 2014 joint Weather Channel-Telemundo investigation of the deaths of hundreds of migrants in one rural Texas county. He was also co-executive producer of "Years of Living Dangerously,'' an Emmy-winning docu-series on climate change that aired on Showtime.

MargoJeffersonsmallMargo Jefferson '71 
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo was for years a theater and book critic for Newsweek and The New York Times. She is the author of the recentbook "Negroland: A Memoir,'' and "On Michael Jackson.'' Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York magazine, and The New Republic. She is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.


David McHam '60 
David was a journalism professor and mentor to a couple of generations of journalists who got their start in Texas. He taught at Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Houston until he retired earlier this year. He is the author of "Law and the Media in Texas," which has been in circulation since 1972. He began his career in journalism at The Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald while still in high school, and has worked at The Waco News-Tribune, The Houston Post and the Dallas Times Herald.

Sree Sreenivasan 3Sree Sreenivasan '93 
Sree is the chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and noted speaker on social media. He was on the faculty of the Journalism School beginning in 1993, and his courses focused on new media, web design and social media. Sree also served as dean of students, and finally as chief digital officer for the university. Recently, he was named one of Fast Company magazine's 25 Most Creative People. He also regularly runs workshops for working journalists on the advanced use of the Internet and multimedia reporting.

Here is more about the winner of the Founder's Award:

Keith Goggin Photo 2013 smallKeith Goggin '91 
Keith joined the School's Alumni Executive Committee the year after he graduated. In 2003, after stepping down from the Executive Committee, he became co-chair of the School's Alumni Annual Fund Campaign, the School's first peer-to-peer fundraising effort. He currently serves on the School's Board of Governors, the body that advises Dean Steve Coll. He is also a Presidential Appointee to the Board of Directors of the Columbia University Club of New York and serves on the Board of the Columbia Alumni Association. In addition to his board and committee work, Keith endowed the Class of 1991 Scholarship Fund and, as a class agent, often hosts his class dinner during the annual spring reunions. Following a brief career in journalism, he forged a second career in trading and private investing and is currently a partner at Integral Derivatives, a New York Stock Exchange-based options specialist firm.

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