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Barbara Cochran

An industry insider, Cochran worked as a journalist and news executive in Washington, DC, for 28 years, 11 in print and 17 in broadcasting. Before joining RTNDA/F, she held the following positions:
- Vice president and Washington bureau chief, CBS News
- Executive producer, NBC’s Meet the Press
- Vice president of news, National Public Radio
- Managing editor, Washington Star

Paul Delaney

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NABJ Founder and Distinguished Veteran Print Journalist Paul Delaney to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Black Journalists Group
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 23, 2010  -- The National Association of Black Journalists announced at its spring Board of Directors meeting that Paul Delaney will be honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Delaney will join other top honorees at the association’s Salute to Excellence Gala, on July 31 in San Diego, during NABJ’s 35th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest gathering of minority journalists in the country.

Edwin Chen

Where are you working now: Senior White House correspondent, Bloomberg News. Also president-elect of the White House Correspondents Association

What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - dictationist

Birthday: August 16

Patrice Gaines

Where are you working now: I live in South Carolina (but just outside Charlotte, NC), where I've started a nonprofit program, The Brown Angel Center, that helps formerly incarcerated women become financially independent. I am a certified life coach and writing coach, travel about doing motivational speaking and do some freelance writing.

What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - I was an education reporter in Montgomery County before moving to the city as a general reporter. Shortly after I moved into the District, the paper shut.

Birthday: May 19

Lurma Rackley

Where are you working now: Habitat for Humanity, as a writer-editor. Also freelancing as a writer, publicist, media relations director.

What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - Reporter, editor

Birthday: April 24

About Me: I worked for the Star from late 1970 through late 1979, at which time I joined DC government. Other jobs have been with Hill and Knowlton, Amnesty International, Eddie Bauer Corporate, and CARE. I moved to the Seattle area for the Eddie Bauer job and to Atlanta for the CARE job.

Duncan Spencer

Where are you working now: retired
What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - reporter, editor

Birthday: May 15


by Duncan Spencer
Hardcover, Penguin Group Australia, ISBN 0670817716 (0-670-81771-6)
Conversations With the Enemy
by Winston Groom and Duncan Spencer
Softcover, Penguin Group USA, ISBN 0140073698 (0-14-007369-8)

Karen Heller

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A columnist and feature writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has been on staff since 1986. A finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer in commentary, she has won numerous awards for investigative reporting, feature writing and criticism from the Associated Press, National Education Writers Association and Keystone Press awards. Prior to the Inquirer, Heller worked at USAToday, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Washington Star and Chicago magazine.

Karen Heller has interviewed Philip Roth and Zsa Zsa Gabor, spent time with Pink and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the celebrated and the exemplary unsung. She's covered Miss America and political conventions. She's been a provocative voice at The Inquirer for nearly 20 years, garnering awards for criticism, feature writing and investigative reporting, and was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.

Donald Saltz

In rural Crisfield, Md., he dreamed of being a newspaperman and headed to Washington and worked for the Star, Washington Daily News and the Baltimore Evening Sun as well as television and radio stations, where he was a business reporter and editor.
Working on the night shift at one point and answering callers' requests for information, he developed a love for trivia that turned into a trivia game that ran in several papers -- and still runs in the Buffalo News. Readers answer questions such as: "Will an ice cube in a glass of water raise the water level when the ice melts?" (No). He also invented a trivia board game and wrote trivia books.

John Tarpey

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John Tarpey has worked in journalism and public affairs for more than 25 years in the United States, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe, and currently directs communications and public outreach at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

Rebecca K. Leet

Where are you working now: considering what new adventure to embark upon

What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - reporter and resident tennis player

Birthday: March 3

About Me: I left the Star to be a Senate press secretary while I thought about going around the world playing tennis. Didn't go around the world and didn't remain in the Senate. I moved on to be VP of a national environmental organization before landing at ABC News during the 1984 election year -- and ran into old Star chums there like Steve Aug and Sheilah Kast and Jim Bellows. Married, had two daughters, and decided to launch a consulting practice, which I ran for more than 20 years until I became Executive Director of the nonprofit from which I will soon depart.

Jeffrey Frank

Where are you working now: I'm doing a non-fiction book project for Simon & Schuster.

What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - Editor, Calendar section, in Portfolio; assignment editor; editorial writer

Birthday: April 10

About Me: After the Star, I went for to the Buffalo Courier-Express (as editorial page editor, using all that I'd learned from Ed Yoder). When that folded after a year, I ended up at Congressional Quarterly for a few months and then The Washington Post.

Victoria C. "Torie" Clarke

Born: May 1959 - Clarke is an American public relations consultant who has served in the private sector and in three Republican presidential administrations, most notably as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under Donald Rumsfeld. A former photographer for the Washington Star, Clarke is a graduate of George Washington University.

Lyle Denniston

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Over 59 years as a journalist; more than four decades covering the Supreme Court. He has covered one of every four Justices ever to sit on the Court. He is currently covering the Court for an Internet-based clearing house of information about the Supreme Court’s work – the Web log known as SCOTUSblog. He also reports on the Court for Radio Station WBUR in Boston and for "Justice Talking," an NPR program originating in Philadelphia.

Sheilah Kast

Sheilah Kast, host of Maryland Morning, brings wide experience in radio, television and newspapers to WYPR.  Sheilah's focus during most of her reporting life has been on the economy and workplace, and how they affect people's everyday lives. She began her career at The Washington Star newspaper, where she covered the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, as well as county governments and schools. After electricity rates shot up during the 1970s, she moved to the Star's business staff, to cover utilities, energy and taxes, as well as financial and banking regulation.

Attribution: WYPR,

Christopher Hanson

Where are you working now:  Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park

What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - Metro reporter

Birthday: July 23

Christopher Hanson worked for 20 years as a reporter for Time, The Washington Star, Reuters and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, focusing on topics such as presidential politics, Congress, the environment, American diplomacy and military affairs. Hanson was a combat correspondent in the Gulf War and covered the civil war in Rwanda.

Merrill Brown

Brown was associated with the Washington Post from 1979 to 1985, serving as a financial reporter (1979-1982), New York financial correspondent (1982-1984) and director of business development, Washington Post Company (1984-1985). Prior to that, Brown was a financial reporter at the Washington Star (1978-1979), Washington correspondent for Media General Newspapers (1975-1978), a reporter at the Winston-Salem Sentinel (1974-1975) and reporter and freelance critic at the St. Louis Post Dispatch (1973-1974).

Suzanne Bilello

Suzanne Bilello has been the Senior Public Information and Liaison Officer for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, at United Nations headquarters in New York since 2003. Prior to joining UNESCO she was acting Director of Communications for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC, in Santiago, Chile.

Jane Mayer

Born 1955 in New York City
Before joining the Journal, in 1982 Mayer worked as a metropolitan reporter for the Washington Star. She began her career in journalism as a stringer for Time magazine while still a student in college. She has also written for a number of other publications, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Review of Books.

John Harwood

John Harwood is Chief Washington Correspondent of CNBC and a political writer for the New York Times.
Harwood was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation’s capital. He has been around journalism and politics all his life; his first trip on a presidential campaign press plane came when he was 11 years old and accompanied his father, then a political reporter for the Washington Post.

Judy Bachrach

Judy Bachrach joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor in 1995. She has profiled Silvio Berlusconi, Harold Ickes, Goldie Hawn, and novelist Patricia Cornwell, among others. She reported on the decision to place Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet under house arrest near London, and covered the Randy "Duke" Cunningham scandal. Prior to joining Vanity Fair, Bachrach was a political columnist with The Washington Star. She began her career as a TV critic at the Baltimore Sun and went on to write for the style section of The Washington Post for five years. Bachrach wrote Tina and Harry Come to America: Tina Brown, Harry Evans, and the Uses of Power (Free Press, 2001).

John Sherwood

For more than forty years, John Sherwood worked as a feature writer for the Baltimore Sunpapers, the now-defunct Washington Star, the Miami Herald and the Journal Newspapers of Maryland and Virginia. Recently, he has been managing editor of Rags, The Magazine, an East Coast sailing magazine based in Annapolis.

In 1994, Sherwood wrote his first book, Maryland's Vanishing Lives, a compendium of the many crafts, occupations and skills which will soon disappear not only in Maryland but throughout the country. Illustrated with beautiful photographs by Edwin H. Remsberg, this collection is a testimonial to a disappearing world.

Mary Anne Dolan

MARY ANNE DOLAN, a writer and editor, serves on the board of directors of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. She is the former editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Her commentary has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and in newspapers nationally and on ABC television. Federal Triangle, a satirical novel about Washington that she conceived and edited, was published in 1977. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Brandon Stoddard.

Mary Ann Kuhn

Where are you working now: Own and operate Middleton Inn in Washington, Virginia which I created 15 years ago from an historic Virginia estate. You may visit at

What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - Reporter

About Me: Since I left The Washington Star, I continued on in journalism writing for The Washington Post, working as a producer with WJLA-TV, (Channel 7) and then on to CBS News, Washington, as a producer. From there, I turned to my other love, wanting to own and operate a country inn.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley (born 1939), is best-known as a book critic for the The Washington Post, and at one time for the Washington Star. In 1981 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He has written several books, among them biographies of Frederick Exley and Ring Lardner. His book about his family, "Our Kind of People," describes his parents' 50-year marriage and turns a wry eye on the American WASP experience.

Jack W. Germond

Jack Worthen Germond (born January 30, 1928) is an American journalist, author, and pundit. He is noteworthy as a veteran newspaperman of 50 years' standing, having written for the now-defunct Washington Star and for The Baltimore Sun. With his partner, Jules Witcover, Germond co-wrote "Politics Today," a five-day-a-week syndicated column, for over 24 years.

Cristine Russell

Where are you working now: Freelance science writer; Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; guest columnist Columbia Journalism Review

What position(s) did you hold at The Star? - National science and medical reporter

About Me: Still writing about science after all these years and president of Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Went to the Washington Post from the Star and move to CT in 1987. Now commuting to Harvard and writing about climate change.

Comments: Love to hear from Star alums!

Warren Hoge

Born: 1941
He began his journalism career with the Washington Star (1964-66) and later as the New York Post Washington Bureau Chief (1966-69) and the paper's NY city editor and assistant managing editor until 1976.

Haynes Johnson

Born Haynes Bonner Johnson on July 9, 1931 in New York City.
After serving for three years in the Korean War as a first lieutenant in artillery, Johnson began his newspaper career in 1956 as a reporter for the Wilmington News-Journal. The following year he joined the staff of the Washington Star and for twelve years served that paper as city reporter, copyeditor, night city editor, national reporter, and special assignment reporter in the U.S. and around the world.

Jacqueline E. Trescott

Reporter | Jacqueline E. Trescott has been a reporter at The Washington Post since 1975, all of those years assigned to the Style section. She has teamed with the investigations staff this year to examine management and spending problems at the Smithsonian. Her portfolio in the Style section has included interviews with writers, artists, celebrities and politicians. For the last 14 years she has covered arts news, ranging from the leadership of the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center to the near-death of the National Endowment for the Arts to the building boom among the region's museums. Previous to joining the Post, she worked at the Washington Star. Jackie, a native of Jersey City, N.J., is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. She also attended New York University and the Washington Journalism Center.


Alma Robinson

One-time city news writer for the Washington Star and Stanford Law School graduate, is the executive director of CLA. She came on board in 1980 after helping a Stanford professor create the first textbook on the special area of art and the law.

Attribution: California Lawyers for the Arts

Jules Joseph Witcover

Born: July 16, 1927
Witcover is a veteran newspaperman of 50 years' standing, having written for the The Baltimore Sun, the now-defunct Washington Star, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. With his partner, Jack Germond, Witcover co-wrote "Politics Today," a five-day-a-week syndicated column, for over 24 years. His syndicated column now appears in the Examiner. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife. His most recent book is Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Nixon & Agnew, Public Affairs (2007). In March 2008, his history of campaign finance reform, "The Longest Campaign," appeared on the Center for Public Integrity's The Buying of the President 2008 website.

Fred Barnes

Born: 1934
Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard. From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for theNew Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving on to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator.

Gloria Borger

Born: 1952
Borger began her professional career in 1976 as a reporter at the Washington Star where she covered politics and co-authored a daily serial, eventually published as a book, called "Federal Triangle," a parody about political life in Washington. Borger was also a Washington-based correspondent for Newsweek magazine where she worked as a general assignment reporter and then as chief congressional correspondent.