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Former Steering Committee Members

The following individuals have previously served on the RCFP Steering Committee. The original Steering Committee members are marked with an asterisk. Affiliations refer to where members worked during their time on the Committee and appear for identification purposes only.

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Benjamin Bradlee*
1972
The Washington Post

Sam Dash
1972

James Goodale*
1972
Debevoise Plimpton Lyons & Gates

Barry Kalb
1972
Washington Star

Donald Johnson*
1972
Newsweek

Mike Wallace*
1972
CBS News

Tom Wicker*
1972
The New York Times

Marvin Zim*
1972
Time Magazine

James S. Doyle*
1972-1973
The Army Times Publishing Co.
Washington Star

William Stout*
1972-1973
CBS News
KNXT-TV, Los Angeles

Kenneth Auchincloss*
1972-1975
Newsweek

Elsie Carper*
1972-1975
The Washington Post

Lemuel Tucker*
1972-1975
WOR Radio
ABC News

Eileen Shanahan*
1972-1976
The New York Times

Joel Weisman*
1972-1977
Chicago Today
Chicago Sun-Times
The Washington Post (Midwest Bureau)
Chicago Public News Center

John Wood*
1972-1977
The Boston Globe

Robert C. Maynard*
1972-1979
The Institute for Journalism Education
The Washington Post

John Kifner*
1972-1981
The New York Times

J. Anthony Lukas*
1972-1984
Freelance

Howard K. Smith*
1972-1987
ABC News
Freelance

Gene Miller*
1972-1996
The Miami Herald

Jack C. Landau*
1972-2008
Newhouse Newspapers

Jack Nelson*
1972-2009
Los Angeles Times

Fred P. Graham*
1972-2015
The New York Times
CBS News
WKRN-TV
Court TV
InSession

Nat Hentoff*
1972-2016
The Village Voice
The New Yorker
Universal Uclick

Linda Cayton
1973
College Press Service

Lyle Denniston*
1973-1980
Baltimore Sun
Washington Star-News

Wilson F. Minor
1973-2008
New Orleans Times-Picayune
The Reporter
Factual Reporting Service

Walter Cronkite
1973-2009
CBS News

Grace L. Mastalli
1974-1976
College Press Service, Denver

Murray Fromson*
1976-1977
CBS News

Tony Castro
1976-1979
Houston Post
The Texas Observer
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

Jack White
1976-1979
Time Magazine

Austin Wehrwein
1976-1984
The Minneapolis Star

Morton Kondracke
1976-1985
Chicago Sun Times
The New Republic

William Farr
1976-1987
Los Angeles Times

Floyd McKay
1976-1987
KGW-TV, Portland, Ore.

David Beckwith
1976-1988
Time Magazine
Legal Times of Washington

Diane Camper
1976-1997
The New York Times
Newsweek

William Eaton
1977-1984
Knight-Ridder Newspapers
The Los Angeles Times

Jack Taylor
1977-1992
Freelance
Dallas Times Herald
Los Angeles Daily News
The Denver Post
Daily Oklahoman

Tom Brokaw
1977-2002
NBC News

Lesley Stahl
1978-1984
CBS News

Barbara Walters
1978-1984
ABC News

Bob Woodward
1978-1992
The Washington Post

David Rosenbaum
1978-2005
The New York Times

Alfred Friendly, Sr.
1980-1983
Freelance

Catherine Mitchell
1980-1984
Point Reyes Light
University of North Carolina at Asheville

Max Robinson
1980-1984
ABC News

Sam Kinch
1980-1985
The Dallas Morning News

John Chancellor
1980-1993
NBC News

Hays Gorey
1980-1993
Time Magazine

Earl Caldwell
1980-2011
New York Daily News
Pacifica Radio

Philip Taubman
1982-1993
The New York Times

Sara Fritz
1982-2005
Los Angeles Times
St. Petersburg Times
U.S. News & Wold Report

Tom McWethey
1983

Dan Rather
1983-2012
CBS News
HDNet

Mike Royko
1984-1994
Chicago Tribune

Hodding Carter III
1984-1995
Inside Story
MainStreet

Albert Hunt
1984-2003
The Wall Street Journal

Cristine Russell
1984-2012
The Washington Post
Freelance

Ed Fouhy
1985-1990
NBC News
Concord Communications Group

Clemens P. Work
1985-1991
U.S. News & World Report

Peter Jennings
1985-2005
ABC News

Linda Wertheimer
1987-1996
National Public Radio

Martin Nolan
1988
The Boston Globe

Bernard Shaw
1989-1992
CNN

Miranda S. Spivak
1990-1993
Hartford Courant

Gary Deckelnick
1990-2005
Asbury Park Press

John Shurr
1991-1999
The Associated Press

Steve McGonigle
1992-1998
The Dallas Morning News

Gail Appleson
1992-2004
Reuters America Inc.

Jose Lopez
1993-1996
The New York Times

Charles J. Lewis
1993-1998
Hearst Newspapers

Gloria Borger
1993-1999
U.S. News & World Report

Carole Simpson
1993-2007
ABC News

Michael Duffy
1993-2017
Time Magazine

Chuck Babcock
1994-2006
The Washington Post

Mary Crowley
1995-1998
Phillips Business Information

Carl Hiassen
1996-1999
The Miami Herald

Brock Meeks
1996-1999
MSNBC/Wired

Steven A. Holmes
1997-1998
The New York Times

Karen Gray Houston
1997-2005
Fox News

Frances McMorris
1998-1999
The Wall Street Journal

James Mann
1998-2001
Los Angeles Times

Carroll Doherty
1998-2002
Congressional Quarterly

Rosemary Armao
1998-2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Stephen Labaton
1998-2010
The New York Times
United Media Newspaper Syndicate

Jeff Nesmith
1999-2002
Cox Newspapers

Richard Dunham
1999-2017
Tsinghua University, Beijing
Houston Chronicle
Hearst Newspapers
Business Week

Sandra Peddie
2000-2014
Newsday

Ashlea Ebeling
2001-2016
Forbes Media LLC

Doyle McManus
2001-2016
Los Angeles Times

Rebecca Carr
2002-2008
Cox Newspapers

Tim Russert
2002-2008
NBC News

Steve Geimann
2002-2009
Bloomberg News

Gerald Seib
2003-2009
The Wall Street Journal

Stephen Henderson
2005-2008
Knight-Ridder

Ed Kohn
2005-2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dan Abrams
2005-2009
MSNBC

Vickie Walton-James
2005-2009*
Tribune Publishing
*Rejoined the Steering Committee in 2019.

Neil Lewis
2006-2010
The New York Times

Dana Priest
2006-2012
The Washington Post

Bob Schieffer
2007-2013
CBS News

Eunice Moscoso
2008-2009
Cox Newspapers

Jess Bravin
2009-2012
The Wall Street Journal

Jim Rubin
2009-2012
Bloomberg News

Bill Nichols
2009-2015
Politico

Erika Bolstad
2010-2013
McClatchy Newspapers

Eric Schmitt
2010-2016
The New York Times

Alicia Shepard
2010-2016
Freelance
National Public Radio

John McKinnon
2012-2015
The Wall Street Journal

Jeff Leen
2013-2015
The Washington Post

Jan Crawford
2013-2016
CBS News

Jeffrey Rosen
2013-2016
National Constitution Center
The New Republic

David McCumber
2014-2015
Hearst Newspapers

Scott Montgomery
2014-2018
National Public Radio

Charles Quinn
NBC News