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March 24, 2008

Journalists to Reflect on New Media

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Former CNN vice president and Smith alumna Judith Milestone will moderate a panel discussion with some of the nation’s leading print, radio and television media about the changing nature of the news business.

The event, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, “Doing the News in the Age of New Media,” will be held in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. It is free and open to the public and is part of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries spring program.

Milestone retired in 2001 from her post as senior vice president of network booking at CNN, where she was responsible for live news interviews and research. She has since worked twice for PBS on projects to better engage the nation in issues concerning public policy and international affairs.

The four-person panel includes broadcast journalists Ellen Weiss, who was recently appointed vice president for news at National Public Radio (NPR), and Susan Greene, who has spent more than three decades in the cable and new media business, starting in the 1970s when cable television networks were just beginning to attract attention.

Panelists also include print journalists Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, education writer for the Christian Science Monitor, and Laurel Touby, a writer who contributed to such magazines as Working Woman, Business Week, New York Magazine and Glamour before starting her own business for members of the media.

In addition to the Friends organization, event sponsors include the Lecture Committee; the Jacobsen Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning; and the Career Development Office.


Susan Greene, Class of 1968
Greene has participated in the growth of the cable television and new media industries. Over the course of her career, she helped create and expand CNBC to become the leading national financial network, produced the Emmy award-winning opening night of the Metropolitan Opera for NBC and Pay Per View, and participated in launching more than 30 new networks -- including MTV, CNN, Discovery, ESPN and USA -- on Manhattan Cable. Notably, Greene also worked on the creation and launch of  “Sesame Street” and led the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proceeding that required television stations to air educational programming for children. Greene has served as an executive at HBO, Time Warner Cable, NBC and the FCC. After earning her undergraduate degree at Smith, she attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree from Catholic University.

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Class of 1993
After graduating from Smith, Teicher Khadaroo began her career at the Christian Science Monitor, an international daily newspaper, as an intern. She quickly moved on to editing and writing feature articles, essays and poetry. She is currently a staff writer for the publication, primarily covering education, as well as serving as coordinator for the Monitor’s internship program. Teicher Khadaroo has edited and written for the national news department, a features section on workplace and financial issues and an award-winning weekly education section. She graduated from Smith with a major in women’s studies and a minor in government. During her junior year at Smith, she lived in Jamaica and participated in the development of a women’s studies program at the University of the West Indies. She later earned her master’s degree at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Laurel Touby, Class of 1985
Touby started her career in media planning for an ad agency, but after three years left the business. Following a long stint as a journalist for various magazines, she launched her own business for members of the media. Her company,, was inspired by a social event for media that she and a friend hosted. About 10 editors, writers and other members of the media attended the original cocktail party at Jules Bistro in the East Village. The parties quickly grew, and soon Touby had amassed an e-mail list of more than 4,000 of New York's top media talent. She created a Web site for media in 1996 and added features such as job listings, bulletin boards, classes, e-classes and a freelance marketplace. Today, 750,000 media professionals have registered for various services around the world and users log upwards of 7 million page views a month. Touby graduated from Smith in 1985 with a degree in economics.

Ellen Weiss, Class of 1981
Weiss is an award-winning broadcast news executive who served as head of the NPR national news desk and executive producer of the top-rated daily show “All Things Considered” until she was named vice president for news in April 2007. In this role -- the organization’s top news management position -- Weiss oversees NPR’s worldwide journalism operations, including 18 domestic and 18 foreign bureaus; more than 400 staff members; more than 50 hours of news programming weekly; and NPR’s award-winning investigations, long-form series and other special reporting. Weiss joined NPR in 1982, and she has since been part of news teams that have received such honors as Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, George Foster Peabody awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards, Overseas Press Club awards and American Women in Radio and Television awards. Weiss earned her degree in international relations from Smith.


Judith Bronstein Milestone, Class of 1966
Milestone has been active on behalf of Smith in a number of capacities. She currently serves as vice-chair of the board of trustees and chairs the committee on trustee governance. In addition to her Smith roles, Milestone leads and serves on numerous committees, notably the media committee for the “Geneva Accords,” an unofficial effort to reinvigorate the peace process.  She chaired the media section of the Ditchley Foundation’s Conference on Media and Politics. After graduating magna cum laude from Smith, Milestone earned a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

For information about disability access or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.


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