Past OPC President Archive
An archive of OPC presidents from the founding in 1939 to the present.
|David A. Andelman||2010-2012|
|Allan Dodds Frank||2008-2010|
|Richard B. Stolley||2004-2006|
|William J. Holstein||1994-1996|
|Anita Diamant||1982-1984 and 1984-1986|
|Henry Gellermann||1978-1980 and 1980-1982|
|Mathew A.R. Bassity||1976-1978|
|Jack Raymond||1972-1974 and 1974-1976|
|Hal Lehrman||1962-1964 and 1968-1970|
|Richard J.H. Johnston|
|Thomas P. Whitney||1958-1959|
|J. Clifford Stark||1953-1954|
|William P. Gray||1952-1953|
|Louis P. Lochner||1950-1951 and 1955-1956|
|Joseph B. Phillips||1948-1949|
|Bob Considine||1947-1948 and 1954-1955|
|Egbert White||1947-1948 (OPC sources unclear)|
Pancho Bernasconi is Vice President, Global News for Getty Images.
He has 30 years of experience in photojournalism. He has worked for the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and Getty Images. He has worked with the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Hondros Fund, and the CPJ to help ensure the next generation of photojournalists have the skills, freedom and access to inform and challenge.
Deidre Depke is executive producer of The Takeaway.
She previously served as managing editor of Marketplace,and has been a reporter and editor in New York for 25 years, working as senior news editor at Business Week magazine, as the foreign editor and an assistant managing editor for Newsweek magazine and as the editor of Newsweek.com and The Daily Beast. In addition, she worked as the general manager for The Week.com, concentrating on business development and technology creation.
She currently manages a small consultancy that works with new media startups, including Tina Brown’s Live Media company, and she managed that organization’s digital coverage of the Women in the World Summit this spring at Lincoln Center.
Marcus Mabry is the director of mobile and off platform at CNN.
Previously, he lead the U.S. curation team for Twitter Moments. He was previously Editor at large of The New York Times. Prior to that he was based in London and Paris with The New York Times and International Herald Tribune. Prior to coming to Europe in 2011, Mabry was the Associate National Editor of The New York Times, responsible for coverage of U.S. politics.
Mabry came to the Times in 2007 as International Business Editor, after nearly 20 years as an editor and correspondent at Newsweek. In his last position atNewsweek, he was Chief of Correspondents, responsible for deploying and managing the magazine’s domestic and international correspondents.
Mabry has been based in Paris, Johannesburg, Washington and Atlanta. He was the 1999-2000 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and is the winner of numerous journalism prizes. Mabry’s latest book is Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power, an intimate examination of the life and career of the former Secretary of State.
Michael Serrill has been an OPC member for 19 years, and served as its President from 2012 to 2014. He has served several times as a member of the board, as second and third Vice President and as Secretary.
He ran the awards judging panels for several years. He then became Editor of Dateline, the magazine distributed in conjunction with the annual awards dinner. He ran that publication for more than a decade, then returned last year to the job of organizing the awards panels.
Serrill is Assistant Managing Editor at Bloomberg Markets magazine. Early in his career Serrill was the editor of two criminal justice publications underwritten by the Ford Foundation that were finalists for National Magazine Awards three times. In his 15 years as an Editor and Senior Writer for Time magazine, he covered topics from the first Palestinian intifada to famine in Ethiopia. After leaving Time, he served as Assistant Managing Editor/International of Institutional Investor magazine, then as Asia and International Finance Editor of Business Week.
David A. Andelman2010-2012
David A. Andelman is Editor of World Policy Journal. Previously he served as Executive Editor of Forbes.com, the world’s largest business and financial website. Earlier, he was a domestic and foreign correspondent for The New York Times in various posts in New York and Washington, Southeast Asia bureau chief, based in Bangkok, then East European bureau chief, based in Belgrade. He then moved to CBS News where he served for seven years as a Paris correspondent and has traveled through and reported from more than 60 countries.
He is the author of three books: The Peacemakers, The Fourth World War and A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today. Andelman has written for Harpers, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is a board member of the OPC, Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association, the Harvard Club of New York, the National Press Club and the Grolier Club.
As president of the Overseas Press Club, he would like to continue to grow the legacy of this extraordinary institution, raise the reach, influence and exposure of its awards and its activities to promote a free press and the ability of reporters to function in the entire range of media in all nations, and above all to enrich the experience of OPC members.
Allan Dodds Frank2008-2010
Allan Dodds Frank is a contributor to The Daily Beast, the website founded by Tina Brown. He has been a television correspondent for ABC News, CNN and Bloomberg. Frank has been an Overseas Press Club member since 1985, most recently served as second vice president and previously OPC treasurer, governor, chairman of the OPC Awards Committee and President of the Overseas Press Club Foundation, where he serves on the board and executive committee.
Developing the OPC as one of the leading forums and meeting places for journalists continues to be his top priority. He would like to expand the OPC’s reach among younger journalists, especially those committed to international reporting. He also strongly supports the OPC’s embrace of the Internet as a way to enrich and enhance its role in defending reporters and freedom of the press.
His career includes reporting for the Anchorage Daily News, The Washington Star, Forbes, ABC News, CNN and Bloomberg. His specialties include reporting on complex white-collar crime and terrorism. Among his awards: the Gerald Loeb Award for the best Financial Reporting on television and Emmys for reporting on the financing of terrorism and for exposing the degree to which presidential candidate Ross Perot relied on taxpayer funding to build an airport in Fort Worth, Texas. Frank also has won newspaper guild and Alaska Press Club awards for outstanding reporting at The Washington Star and the Anchorage Daily News.
Marshall Loeb has been a working journalist since the age of 15, when he wrote high school sports stories for Chicago neighborhood newspapers for $2 a week.
Marshall Loeb died at age 88 on Dec. 9, 2017 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Shortly after graduation from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he served as a correspondent for United Press in Frankfurt, Germany.
After a year as a city reporter for The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, he joined Time magazine in 1956 as a writer, rising over the years to Business Editor and Nation Editor. He became Managing Editor of Money (1980-84), Managing Editor of Fortune (1986-94) and Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review (1996-99).
Loeb worked as senior correspondent and a member of the Advisory Board of CBS MarketWatch.com, a leading financial and business news service on the net. He was also a daily commentator on CBS Radio Network. He authored 13 books, most recently Marshall Loeb’s Lifetime Financial Strategies (Little Brown & Co., 1996). He won every major award in economic and financial journalism. He was a board member of several charities and public service organizations, including the Knight-Bagehot awards program at Columbia Journalism School.
Richard B. Stolley2004-2006
Richard B. Stolley is Senior Editorial Adviser at Time Inc., where he has worked in various editorial jobs since 1953. He started his journalistic career at the age of 15, when he took over as sports editor of the Pekin, Illinois, Daily Times, while he was still attending high school. (The war was going on, adult males were in short supply and “the publisher didn’t want to hire a woman, so he hired a child instead” was the explanation). He worked for two newspapers after that, including the Chicago Sun-Times.
At Time Inc. he was a reporter, writer, bureau chief (Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington and Paris ) and assistant managing editor at the weekly LIFE. In 1974, he was the founding editor of People, a job he held for eight years. He then moved over to edit the monthly LIFE, during which period the magazine won two National Magazine Awards. After serving as Editorial Director of all Time Inc. magazines, he retired in 1993, but has continued to serve the company as a contract consultant.
Among his editorial experiences were covering the sometimes violent desegregation of southern schools, the transition of California to the most populous state in the nation (beating out New York), the assassination of President John F. Kennedy where he obtained exclusively for LIFE the famous Zapruder home movie of the murder, the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his efforts to manage the war in Vietnam, the 1968 student riots in Paris and the rise of the neo-Nazi movement in West Germany.
In 2005, Stolley moved to Santa Fe , New Mexico , where he both writes and reports stories about the mountain states for People, Time and Fortune and contributes to Time Inc. editorial management.
A longtime top editor of Newsweek, Alexis Gelber supervised award-winning coverage of politics, social issues and international news as the magazine’s National Affairs Editor, Assistant Managing Editor, and Managing Editor of Newsweek International.
As Director of Special Projects from 2001 to 2008, she created special issues and new entrepreneurial projects, among them “Health for Life” — a quarterly series with Harvard Medical School—and “Leadership for the 21st Century,” which included the magazine’s signature Women and Leadership issues and conferences, featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.
In 2004 and 2008 Gelber edited Newsweek’s Special Presidential Election project, a behind-the-scenes account of the election campaigns. Both were published as books by PublicAffairs, and the 2004 election project won a National Magazine Award for single topic issue.
In 2009, Gelber was Books Editor of The Daily Beast, launching the site’s section of book reviews and excerpts, author interviews, and video and photo galleries. She is currently an editorial consultant based in New York and Washington, D.C., and is teaching in the graduate program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Gelber is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she serves as Chair of the school’s Alumni Board.
The retired editor of World Press Review magazine, Larry Martz was a Newsweek staffer for 32 years, including assignments as business editor, national affairs editor, assistant managing editor and editor of Newsweek International. He was President of the Overseas Press Club of America from 2000 to 2002, and served as co-chairman of its Freedom of the Press Committee.
After graduation from Dartmouth College and a year at the University of Edinburgh on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship, Martz worked in daily journalism at The Pontiac (Michigan) Press, The Detroit News and The Wall Street Journal. He joined Newsweek in 1961 as a writer. His honors include the J.C. Penney/University of Missouri award for business writing and the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, and he was one of three Newsweek writers whose special report, “The Negro in America: What Must Be Done,” won the National Magazine Award in 1968 (a year when only one magazine was singled out for excellence). He served as national affairs editor through the Watergate scandal, overseeing 36 cover stories on the crisis culminating in the resignation and pardon of President Richard Nixon. As assistant managing editor he supervised most major sections of the magazine and took on several special assignments, including the supervision of Newsweek on Campus in its first year of publication.
As editor of Newsweek International, Martz ran the three overseas editions of the magazine, which won three OPC awards during his tenure. Returning to the domestic magazine as an editor at large, he wrote cover stories on national affairs, business and the economy, international affairs, religion, science, and education. He also wrote two books, “Ministry of Greed” (with Ginny Carroll) and “Making Schools Better.” He joined World Press Review, a monthly digest of international news and views, as editor in 1993 and retired in 1999. He now writes and edits as a freelancer.
Roy Rowan, OPC President from 1998-2000 and OPC member for 62 years was a revered journalist.
In 1977, Rowan left Time and became a senior writer for Fortune Magazine. Between then and his retirement in 1985, he wrote more than 65 major articles for the magazine, including an exclusive 15-page report on the “Top 50 Mafia Bosses in America.”
He “retired” in 1985 but continued to write two or three Fortune articles a year, as well as his second book, The Intuitive Manager in 1986. A Day in the Life of Italy, a project Rowan co-edited, was released in 1990. In the book, 100 photographers shooting at different locations around Italy, recorded in detail what happened over a 24-hour period on April 27, 1990. In January of that same year, Rowan spent two freezing weeks on the streets of New York City living as a homeless man for a 10-page eyewitness report in People. His bylined articles, besides those in Time, Life, and Fortune, have appeared in Smithsonian, the Atlantic Monthly (a 6,000-word report on his own battle with cancer), Reader’s Digest, and the New Republic.
For his complete biography, see his website.
John Corporon won numerous awards from the New Orleans Press Club, local Emmys in New York and a national Emmy in 1964 as executive producer for a documentary on the Ku Klux Klan. He retired in 1996 and was elected president of the OPC.
Corporon served two years in the Army 1953-55. He was a reporter for United Press in New Orleans starting 1955. Later, he became Baton Rouge bureau chief before becoming bureau manager. He was hired by WDSU-TV in 1958 as a Washington reporter. In 1960 became he political reporter for WDSU covering Louisiana and Mississippi politics and the civil rights movement and became news director of WDSU in 1961.
He became news director of WNEW-TV New York and founded the city’s first 10 o’clock news in 1967. Later he became vice president for news for Metromedia stations in New York, Washington, Kansas City and Los Angeles. In 1968 became vice president and general manager for WTOP-TV, Washington. In 1971, he established Newsweek Broadcasting Service and became vice president/news director of WPIX in 1972 and added a 7:30 newscast to the 10 o’clock news.
Corporon co-founded Independent Television News Service in 1975, the first satellite news gathering and distribution service in the U.S. at WPIX, established the Independent Network News, which provided a prime time newscast to more than 100 independent stations in the U.S., set up and produced a weekly half hour Wall Street Journal Report and a weekly program derived from the Christian Science Monitor.
The Radio Television News Directors Association awarded WPIX the Edward R. Murrow award as the best TV newscast in the U.S. Corporon coproduced the Martin Agronsky Report at WTOP which became nationally syndicated. At WDSI, Corporon introduced the first full time editorial cartoonist to supplement the station’s daily editorials. Corporon was part of the team which won a Peabody at WDSU and later at WPIX.
Corporon retired in 1996 and was elected president of the Overseas Press Club and served from 1996 to 1998. Currently he is vice president of the OPC Foundation and serves as trustee of the William Allen White Foundation at the University of Kansas. He is Past President of the New York Associated Press Broadcasters and the National AP Broadcast Board. He is married to Harriett and has two sons and four grandchildren. He has lived in Brooklyn since 1971.
Bill Holstein has been involved in international journalism since being dispatched to Hong Kong in 1979 as a young United Press International correspondent. After winning an OPC award for his coverage of China’s economic modernization, he rose to became Beijing bureau chief and returned to the United States in 1982.
Since then, he spent 11 years with BusinessWeek overseeing its international coverage and made frequent return visits to East Asia. In 1989, he spent months in Japan writing his book, “The Japanese Power Game.”
He became president of the Overseas Press Club in 1994, a term that lasted until 1996. He has been active in the club in awards judging, programming and selling tables to the annual dinner as the Dinner Chair. Additionally, he is president of the OPC Foundation, which grants scholarships to college students who aspire to become foreign correspondents. He is treasurer of the Corresponents Fund, which grants money to international journalists with acute medical or personal needs.
After BusinessWeek, Holstein joined U.S. News & World Report and then Business 2.0. In 2003, he became editor in chief of Chief Executive magazine and he moved to become editor of Directorship magazine in 2006. He also has written for Fortune and The New York Times.
He has written five books, most recently one entitled The Next American Economy: Blueprint for Real Recovery.
His core areas of international coverage have been Greater China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan and Korea.
Larry Smith was born in Michigan in 1940, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English in 1962. He began his newspaper career with The Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne, and subsequently worked as a reporter and editor with five newspapers, including The New York Daily News and The New York Times.
Smith said he felt fortunate to discover the newspaper business at any early age because he was totally unsuited for anything else. His novel, The Original, was published by Herder and Herder in 1972.
He joined Parade Magazine in 1981, serving as managing editor there for 19 years. Smith has written articles for Parade on a variety of subjects, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as interviews with Violetta Chamorro of Nicaragua and Carlos Salinas of Mexico. His July 4, 2000 Parade interview with nine Medal of Honor recipients led to Beyond Glory — Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words, published by W.W. Norton, in 2002. The book inspired his collaboration with the actor Stephen Lang, who performed the one-man show by the same name in the Laura Pels Theater of the Roundabout in New York City in June, July and August of 2007, playing to sold-out houses and highly positive reviews. Lang, who starred in the film “Avatar,” previously performed the play in the Goodman theater in Chicago and also in Washington, D.C., as well as at military installations around the world.
The book featured first-person accounts by six recipients from World War II, seven from Korea and 11 from Vietnam , including Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Admiral James Stockdale and former Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska. It was followed by From the Sands of Iwo Jima to the Deserts of Iraq: THE FEW AND THE PROUD — Marine Corps Drill Instructors in Their Own Words, a best-seller published in May of 2006 by W.W. Norton.
Smith followed that with IWO JIMA — World War Two Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific, published in 2008, which was also well received.
A sometime marathoner and mountain climber, Smith is also a member of the Explorer’s Club. He has been a member of the OPC since 1981. He and his wife Dorothea live in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Leonard Saffir spent a major part of his working career as a reporter, foreign correspondent, editor, columnist, publisher and author. He died died Jan. 3, 2015 in Lake Worth, Fla. He was 84.
After service in the Marine Corps, Saffir joined International News Service in New York and later in Texas. In Dallas he was assistant bureau chief. He was transferred to Tokyo where he reported news from all over Asia for three years.
Saffir was a founder of the New York Standard, an award winning daily newspaper published during a 114-day newspaper strike that sold more than 25 million copies and carried three million lines of advertising. He founded and served as publisher and editor-in-chief of The Trib, New York’s first new morning newspaper in 38 years. He was a founder and publisher of The Latin American Times, an English language business daily newspaper and founder and editor of The Sun, an award-winning weekly newspaper published in New York’s Hamptons.
Saffir has received numerous journalism awards including the Sigma Delta Chi Professional Journalistic Society for distinguished journalistic achievement and multiple awards and citations from the NY State Press Association. He served as president of the Overseas Press Club of America, 1988-1990 and has been an OPC member since 1960. Saffir is the author of three books on public relations. He served four years as executive vice president of Porter Novelli, one of the leading public relations firms in the world. A resident of Palm Beach County, Florida for 19 years, Saffir has worked as an investigative reporter, and author of a 1,000-word column for a chain of newspapers based in central Palm Beach County.