The NYLC Press Panel is an opportunity for scholars to interact with accomplished journalists. When available, the NYLC Press Panel takes place at the prestigious National Press Club. The following distinguished journalists, who have participated in past NYLC sessions, cover a variety of topics, including the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and special undercover stories. During the Press Panel, journalists discuss their career paths as well as the skills needed to be successful in the field.
Please note that these journalists are representative of the quality of the NYLC Press Panel. Due to unpredictable news cycles, we cannot guarantee the participation of specific journalists during a conference session.
Nancy Ambrose is a Freelance Producer in Washington, D.C. Previously she was the Deputy Bureau Chief and Senior Executive Producer of News at CNN's Washington Bureau. In that capacity, she helped to oversee the editorial direction of CNN's largest bureau's news coverage and managed more than 60 correspondents, producers and editors. Nancy spent 17 years at ABC News in Washington, primarily covering Capitol Hill, presidential campaigns and producing the Sunday morning program "This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts." She also was one of the first female Senate Pages. Nancy is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and has a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Tom Bowman is the Pentagon reporter for National Public Radio. Before joining NPR in 2006, Mr. Bowman spent nine years as a Pentagon reporter at the Baltimore Sun.
Mr. Bowman has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan more than a dozen times for month-long trips, spending most of his time in the field with Marine and Army units.
He won an Edward R. Murrow Award last year for his coverage of Afghanistan, and is a co-winner of a National Headliner Award for stories about the lack of military tourniquets.
A native of the Boston area, Mr. Bowman received a bachelor's degree in history from St. Michael's College in Vermont and a master's degree in American Studies from Boston College.
Elisabeth Bumiller is a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times. Previously she covered the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain. From 2001 to 2006, Ms. Bumiller was a Times White House correspondent, covering September 11th and its aftermath. She also worked in New York for the Times' Metropolitan staff, and then as City Hall bureau chief. Prior to joining the Times, Ms. Bumiller worked at The Washington Post as a Style Section reporter before becoming a correspondent in New Delhi and Tokyo. Ms. Bumiller is the author of several books including Condoleezza Rice: An American Life: A Biography. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University.
Eleanor Clift is a Contributing Editor for Newsweek magazine and reports on the Washington power structure, Congress, the presidential race and the influence of women in politics. Her column, "Capital Letter," is posted each Friday on Newsweek.com. Ms. Clift is a panelist on "The McLaughlin Group" and has appeared as herself in several movies, including "Dave" and "Independence Day." She is the author of Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment, the story of the fight for women's suffrage. Her most recent book is Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death & Politics. Ms. Clift attended Hofstra University and Hunter College in New York.
Michael Crowley is a senior correspondent for TIME. He writes about Washington, the Obama White House, and the 2012 presidential campaign. He previously covered domestic politics and foreign policy for The New Republic and was also a reporter at the Boston Globe. He has also written for such publications as New York Magazine, GQ, Slate and the New York Times Magazine. Mr. Crowley is a Connecticut native and graduate of Yale University.
Jeanne Cummings is a deputy government editor at Bloomberg News, where she oversees investigative and enterprise coverage of Congress, the White House, and the 2012 presidential election. Before joining Bloomberg, she was POLITICO's assistant managing editor in charge of enterprise. She oversaw weekly brainstorming meetings that generated high-impact articles. She also was POLITICO's primary money and politics reporter. Ms. Cummings has covered politics at every level, from state and local governments to five presidential campaigns. In recent years, her focus has been on tracking money and politics. Her coverage has ranged from documenting the rise of well-financed independent political organizations to breaking news stories, including her 2008 scoop about the RNC buying clothes for vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Ms. Cummings was one of the moderators at the Kodak Theater 2008 Democratic primary debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Prior to joining POLITICO in 2007, Ms. Cummings worked at The Wall Street Journal where she won the 2000 Aldo Beckman Memorial Award, the highest honor for daily White House correspondents, for her coverage of the Clinton Administration. Before the Journal, Ms. Cummings worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first in Atlanta covering politics and the governor's office and then in its Washington Bureau where she tracked the career of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Ms. Cummings is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Betsy Fischer has been Executive Producer of NBC's number one rated Sunday morning public affairs program, "Meet the Press," since July 2002. She has produced interviews with U.S. Presidents, key Cabinet officials, heads of state and every 2004 and 2008 presidential candidate. Ms. Fischer also created and produced an award winning series of special "Meet the Press" debates with the candidates from key 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 U.S. Senate races. She served as Tom Brokaw's producer for NBC News' coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election. She served with Tim Russert in the same capacity during NBC's coverage of Special Events, and throughout the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections. Prior to being named Executive Producer, Ms. Fischer was the Senior Producer of "Meet the Press" and the NBC News Political/Polling Unit for five years. She began her career at NBC News with an internship at "Meet the Press" while in college and she became the political researcher for the program in 1992. Ms. Fischer has been honored with several awards for her work with NBC including a News and Documentary Emmy, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism, and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She is a graduate of American University's School of Public Affairs and earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism from the AU School of Communications.
Dana Priest is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. She has been the Post's intelligence reporter and, prior to that, its Pentagon correspondent. She has traveled with Army Special Forces in Colombia, Nigeria and Kosovo and with infantry units on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Ms. Priest has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006 Pulitzer for Beat Reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas. In 2000 she won the Gerald Ford Award for Defense Reporting for her series "The Proconsuls: A Four-Star Foreign Policy?" about the expanded role of the four regional commanders. Ms. Priest is the author of the 2003 book about the military's expanding responsibility and influence, THE MISSION: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military. She is a contributor to CBS News and "60 Minutes." Ms. Priest holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Chip Reid is CBS News National Correspondent based in Washington, D.C. From January 2009 to July 2011 he was CBS News Chief White House Correspondent. Mr. Reid joined CBS News in 2007 as Capitol Hill Correspondent. He appears regularly on "The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley," CBS "Early Show," and contributes to "CBS Sunday Morning." He also contributes to CBSnews.com. Prior to joining CBS News, Mr. Reid was NBC's Congressional Correspondent. He reported for all major NBC News broadcasts, as well as MSNBC, where he also anchored political coverage. Mr. Reid spent much of 2001 through 2003 covering the war on terror. He was embedded with the U.S. Marines during the first phase of the war in Iraq, traveling with the 1st Marine Division from Kuwait to Baghdad. Immediately after 9/11, he reported from Ground Zero in New York and spent much of the following two years reporting from locations around the globe. Previously, Mr. Reid did stints in NBC's Los Angeles and Washington Bureaus and covered Al Gore's 2000 Presidential election campaign. Mr. Reid received his law degree from Columbia Law School, a Master's of Public Affairs from Princeton, and a bachelor's degree from Vassar College.
Luke Russert reports from Capitol Hill on the House of Representatives and covers youth issues for "NBC Nightly News," "Today," MSNBC and msnbc.com.
Russert covered the 2008 Presidential Election, reporting from both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. His election day reporting on the impact of young people on Barack Obama's victory was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy award as part of NBC News' 2008 Election Night coverage.
Not limited to political reporting, Russert traveled to Memphis to report on evacuees on the eve of Hurricane Gustav and also appeared as a street correspondent on NBC's "New Years Eve Special with Carson Daly."
Since March 2006, Russert has co-hosted the sports radio talk show "60/20 Sports" with political pundit James Carville on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. On "60/20 Sports" he has interviewed the likes of former President Clinton, former President George Bush, Bill Russell, Cal Ripken Jr. and Lance Armstrong.
In May of 2009, Russert was honored with the Marlin Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication from Franklin Pierce University, an award meant to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to public discourse in the spirit of a healthy democracy.
Russert graduated from Boston College with a double major in history and communications.