WHAT: The Moody College of Communication hosts Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company and former publisher of The New York Times, for the 2018 McGarr Symposium: “ The Best of Times, the worst of times – A Conversation with Arthur Sulzberger Jr.” The conversation will be moderated by UT Austin and School of Journalism alumnus Cappy McGarr and will be followed by a Q&A.
WHEN: Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
WHERE: Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 2.106
WHO MAY ATTEND: The event is free and open to the public.
MEDIA: The event is open to the news media. Free media parking is available in three garages: 27th Street Garage (109 W. 27th St.), Speedway Garage (105 E. 27th St.) and San Antonio Garage (2420 San Antonio St).
BACKGROUND: Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. is chairman of the board of The New York Times Company. He served as publisher of The New York Times from 1992 to 2017. In his quarter-century as publisher, he transformed The Times into an international, digital-first news organization with a global audience of more than 130 million people and 3.5 million paid subscriptions. Early in his tenure, he led the push to take the paper national and, in 1996, launched nytimes.com. Under his leadership, The Times won 60 Pulitzer Prizes, doubling the paper’s total Pulitzer count.
Sulzberger joined The Times in 1978 as a correspondent in its Washington bureau. He moved to New York as a metro reporter in 1981 and was appointed assistant metro editor later that year. From 1983 to 1987, he worked in a variety of business departments, including production and corporate planning. In January 1987, he was named assistant publisher and, a year later, deputy publisher, overseeing the news and business departments. In both capacities, he was involved in planning The Times’s automated color printing and distribution facilities in Edison, N.J., and at College Point in Queens, N.Y., as well as the creation of the six-section color newspaper.
Sulzberger was chairman of the board of New York Outward Bound Schools and a member of the board of North Carolina Outward Bound. He also helped found and was chairman of the Times Square Alliance. He currently serves on the board of the Mohonk Preserve.
Before coming to The Times, Sulzberger was a reporter with The Raleigh (N.C.) Times from 1974 to 1976, and a London correspondent for the Associated Press from 1976 to 1978. He is a graduate of Tufts University.
An initiative of the Moody College of Communication and the Center for Sports Communication & Media, the McGarr Symposium brings to life a robust and interactive conversation about the role of sports and media and its impact on American Culture.