Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard economist, to speak at SABEW’s NYC fall workshop

Posted By Spring Eselgroth

Special to SABEW

PHOENIX, Sept. 28, 2011 —  Noted Harvard University economist Kenneth Rogoff will be a keynote speaker at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ fall workshop Oct. 14 in New York City.

Rogoff, 58, whose experience includes work as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Board, will speak at the workshop at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St.

Click here to register for the workshop before higher walk-in rates apply.  SABEW members may attend the full workshop, including receptions on Thursday evening, Oct. 13, and at the end of the workshop Friday, Oct. 14, for $179. Non-members pay $239. Students pay $50.

Kenneth Rogoff, noted Harvard economist, to speak at SABEW workshop

According to the Harvard University Department of Economics website, Rogoff received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after receiving simultaneous bachelor’s and master’s honors degrees in economics from Yale University.



SABEW Vice President Jill Jorden Spitz of the Arizona Daily Star said Rogoff is among the world’s foremost experts on financial crises. “He and Carmen Reinhart of the Peterson Institute for International Economics created a database on banking, currency and debt crises since the 13th century.” said Spitz, who noted that Rogoff and Reinhart compiled their research into a book,, “This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly,” about how determined society is to ignore past crises’ lessons.

Rogoff was named a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and as a John Simon Guggenheim fellow. Click here for more on Rogoff’s background.

In addition, Larry Leibowitz, chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange, will be a keynote speaker at SABEW’s New York City Workshop, Oct. 13-14.

Rogoff and Leibowitz join several other keynoters including chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated.

Stephen I. Sadove. In addition, the top editors of Bloomberg News, Dow Jones and Reuters — Stephen Adler of Thomson Reuters, Robert Thomson of Dow Jones and Norman Pearlstine of Bloomberg News — will kick off the fall workshop Oct. 13 with an in-depth discussion about the present and future of the news business at a special, Thursday night reception.

It is the second year SABEW’s event will be held at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. editor-in-chief Glenn Hall, The Daily managing editor Mike Nizza

Larry Leibowitz, COO, New York Stock Exchange

and Columbia University student affairs Dean Sree Sreenivasan will be presenting at the workshop. Floyd Norris, The New York Times financial columnist and reporter, will speak during Friday night’s reception at the New York Times headquarters.

Registration is open until Thursday, Oct. 13, for $179 for SABEW members and $229 for non-members ($50 for students). Register now and avoid walk-in rates starting Oct. 13.

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, located in the historic former home of the old New York Herald-Tribune just a few blocks away from Times Square, will be our home for the workshop.

The news track is to include sessions about the retail industry, the federal budget and new trends on Wall Street, while the skills track will include such sessions as “Solving the Apps Riddle: Challenges and Opportunities in bringing Apps into the Newsroom,” “Blazing trails in Social Media” and “Five Tips to Improve your Performance on Camera.”

The school will also be home to a pre-workshop session presented by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, titled “Digital Efficiency for Business Journalists – 36 Tips to Tame Info Overload.” More information on the Reynolds Center program and a link to register is below.

Here are brief biographies of some of the keynote speakers:

• Larry Leibowitz was appointed to the position of COO of the NYSE in the first quarter of 2010. He is responsible for operations management, global cash execution and global listings. He previously served as group executive vice president and head of U.S. Execution and Global Technology from 2007 until 2009. He joined NYSE Euronext in 2007, having served as managing director and chief operating officer, Americas Equities, at UBS Investment Bank. Prior to joining UBS in 2004, Mr. Leibowitz held the position of Executive Vice President, co-Head of Schwab Capital Markets, the trading and execution arm of Schwab. He has also served on many industry boards and committees, among them the Market Structure Committee of the former Securities Industry Association (now SIFMA).

• Stephen J. Adler is editor-in-chief of Reuters News and executive vice president of news of Thomson Reuters, overseeing the entire company’s news strategy and operations. Before his promotion in February Adler led a team of journalists and editors in creating news services for Reuters’ Legal, Tax & Accounting and Healthcare & Science businesses as senior vice president and editorial director of the company’s professional division.
Before that he was editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek and earlier spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal.  As investigative editor at the Journal, he managed reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes between 1995 and 1999. As deputy managing editor, he oversaw the award-winning Wall Street Journal Online, created The Wall Street Journal Books imprint and co-taught the ethics and standards course required of all news employees.  Previously, he was editor of The American Lawyer.

• Robert Thomson is the editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. As the senior news executive at Dow Jones, he directs the news operations of the Journal,, and Dow Jones Newswires. Before joining Dow Jones in December 2007, Thomson was editor of The Times of London and prior to that he was editor of the U.S. edition of the Financial Times, where he was named as U.S. Business Journalist of the Year in 2001 by the influential trade journal TJFR. In addition to his leadership roles Thomson was a correspondent in Tokyo from 1989 to 1994, where he witnessed the rise and fall of the “bubble economy,” and in Beijing from 1985 to 1989, where he reported on the country’s economic and social reforms, and the crushing of the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square.

• Norman Pearlstine joined Bloomberg L.P. in June 2008 as chief content officer. In this role, Pearlstine is charged with seeking growth opportunities for Bloomberg’s television, radio, magazine, and online products and to make the most of the company’s news operations. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Pearlstine was a Senior Advisor to the Carlyle Group’s telecommunications and media group in New York. Before joining the private equity firm, Pearlstine had spent nearly four decades working as a reporter and editor. He was editor in chief of Time, where he served between January 1, 1995, and December 31, 2005. At the end of his tenure, he was responsible for the content of Time Inc.’s 154 publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, In Style, Money, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated, and Time. Through 2006, he served as a senior advisor to Time Warner.

Moderating the discussion will be Steve Shepard, founding dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek. Shepard is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame and received the Gerald M. Loeb Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for business journalism and SABEW’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Reynolds Center session

The Reynolds Center session, “Digital Efficiency for Business Journalists – 36 Tips to Tame Info Overload,” will be presented by Jeremy Caplan, director of education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY. He taught the “ Build Your Personal Website” session at SABEW’s April conference in Dallas. His presentation this fall in New York is free but separate registration is required by clicking here.



  • Standard registration ends and higher walk-in rates apply — 10/13
  • SABEW Fall Workshop Opening Reception 6 p.m. at CUNY – 10/13
  • SABEW full-day sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. – 10/14
  • SABEW workshop Closing Reception 5:30 p.m. at NYT — 10/14

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