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Maureen Dowd

Latest news: Maureen Dowd, "New York Times" Political Columnist to Discuss Her Work, March 10, 2011
Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist known for witty commentary on political affairs, will make a rare public appearance to discuss her work and answer questions on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in Page Hall on the University at Albany's downtown campus. The event is sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute, and is free and open to the public.
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Born: January 14, 1952
Ms. Dowd joined The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter in 1983. She began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer. When the Star closed in 1981, she went to Time magazine.

Shirley Elder Lyons

Latest news: Shirley has a new book coming out in May 2011 that can be ordered now.

Veteran political reporter, Shirley Elder Lyons, working with Elizabeth MacGregor Bates, has produced Over the Hill Hikers, a book that chronicles the ups and downs (literally) of a group of retirees in Sandwich, New Hampshire. They became a very cohesive bunch of happy hikers under Lib's instinctive use of casual leadership. Lib was determined to make the hiking experience fun as well as satisfying. It worked. The hikers just hiked, every Tuesday, and built a unique community along the way.

Bailey Morris-Eck

International Women's Media Foundation Following stints as a correspondent for the Cincinnati Post and Times-Star, Washington Star and Times of London, she was a fellow at the Institute for International Economics and editor of IEE's journal, International Economic Insights. She has written widely in international journals on economic and business issues, and was a columnist for the Independent of London from 1989-1994.
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Barry Kalb

Barry Kalb teaches reporting and news writing at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

His work with hundreds of Chinese from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia has given him an insight into the problems native Chinese speakers encounter when trying to write English.

Kalb started his journalism career in Washington, D.C., as a reporter for the Washington Evening Star. He was a CBS NEWS correspondent in Hong Kong, then joined TIME Magazine as Eastern Europe bureau chief, and later moved to Rome, New York and back to Hong Kong. He served as an editor in the Voice of America’s Hong Kong bureau from 2002 to 2007.

Ray Lustig

Ray Lustig has worked as a news photographer since 1963, first with the Fargo (N.D.) Forum, and then with the Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel and the Washington Star. He joined The Post when the Star's doors closed in 1981 and he has been covering Capitol Hill full-time since 1989. "One of the best parts of covering the Hill is making on-the-spot news decisions," says Lustig, "There's great theater on the Hill, but you try not to get suckered into that." Lustig's pictures have also appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, People and National Geographic. His motor sports photography has appeared in Automobile, Stock Car Racing, Open Wheel, Cycle and Cycle World magazines.

James A. Parcell

For nearly three decades, James A. Parcell has been a staff photographer for the Washington Post. He developed an interest in photography while working as a copy aide at the Washington Evening Star newspaper, alongside his father, a news editor. While there, he was encouraged in photography by several of the Evening Star photographers. "After getting my first picture published in The Star, I knew I would become a photojournalist." Soon, Jim found his way to the Post. During the 1970's, he developed the fundamentals and philosophy of the craft, with guidance from the most talented Post photographers of that day, such as Arthur Ellis, Jim Atherton and Doug Chevalier. Jim's strength lies in feature photography.