Columbia Journalism School

How long has it been since you toiled away at deadline stories in RW1/reporting class or agonized over your master's project deadline? What are your classmates up to after all these years? Alumni Weekend is a great time to rediscover the passions that drove you to come to the J-School in the first place, and the amazing people you met that year. All alumni are welcome, especially those in the reunion class years ending in 1 and 6. Come for the panel discussions and workshops. Hear how to turn your journalism into books. Learn new digital skills. Hear how virtual reality works, and how to make it in the documentary world. Or learn how to transition your journalism skills into another career.


If you have had a book published in the last year, let us know at The Columbia Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of alumni books during the weekend.
Please note that there is discounted pricing for a limited time. Registration is $75 for each day and $35 for J-TEN, the classes of 2006-15. After March 1 the price goes up to $100 and $50.


Friday Schedule

2-4 p.m. Turning Your Reporting Into a Book

2-4 p.m. Migration: A Story About War and Economics

4:15-5:45 p.m. Tow Center: Verifying User-Generated Content

4:15-5:45 p.m. Covering the 2016 Election

6-7 p.m. Hearst Lecture featuring Meredith Artley, editor in chief of CNN digital

7-8 p.m. Hearst reception

8-9:30 p.m. M.A. 10th Anniversary dessert and wine reception

Saturday Schedule

8-10 a.m. Breakfast

8:30-9:45 a.m. Social Media with Sree Sreenivasan

10-11:30 a.m. What We Talk About When We Talk About Race: A New Journalism Paradigm

10-11:30 a.m. Documentaries: Breaking Into the Business

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Class photos

12:30-2:30 p.m. Alumni Awards luncheon

2:45-4 p.m. Virtual Reality Workshop

2:45-4 p.m. Using Your Journalism Skills in Other Professions

4:15-5:15 p.m. Town Hall with Dean Coll

5:30-6:30 p.m. 50th and 25th Reunion reception

5:30-6:30 p.m. J-TEN reception

5:30 p.m. and later: Class socials as planned by each class

Class Agents


Jim Jaffe

James G. Lubetkin

David Mangurian


Mel Laytner

Pat Reber

Alex Belida


Molly Gordy

Solange DeSantis

Ann Imse


Facebook group: Columbia J-School Class of 1981 Reunion

Andrea Stone

Lynn Walters

Neil Reisner


Valarie D’Elia

Mike Bologna

Daryl McGrath

Sam Roe

Theresa Braine


Keith Goggin


Pam Frederick

Ken Belson


Facebook group

Class of 2001 Facebook page

Susana Seijas
Lois Barrett
Malcolm Venable
Chantal McLaughlin


Facebook Group: ColumbiaJschool2006


Rebecca Castillo

Lauren Mack


Andrew Seaman

Hotel Information

Columbia has negotiated rates with 11 preferred hotels in New York City. The preferred hotels are located throughout Manhattan and offer guests a variety of amenities. For additional information on the Columbia Preferred Hotels, including contact information, rates, blackout dates, a booking tool, and our collegiate reciprocity program can be found by going to the Columbia University Travel Portal.

Columbia Finance has a PDF with 2016 New York City preferred hotel rates. Download the PDF

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.

Founder's Award Winner

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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