This Thursday, February 10, at 7 p.m. the Press Club of Long Island presents “Covering War from the Homefront Perspective,” a panel discussion and Q&A on how the American media has reported on 21st-century conflicts. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Register for the Zoom link.
The panel will discuss wartime journalism, media influence on the lead-up to war, coverage of returning veterans, and more.
The panel includes:
Cat Colvin is the sister of the slain Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin. Cat Colvin joined Pall Corporation in 2007 as Corporate Counsel. Cat was appointed assistant general counsel in 2010, Chief Compliance Officer in 2014 and SVP & general counsel in 2016. Cat started her legal career as an associate at Shearman & Sterling in New York, subsequently serving as Foreign Legal Consultant for Baker & McKenzie in Santiago, Chile, and in-house Corporate Counsel for the Rainbow Media Holdings (a subsidiary of Cablevision) in Jericho. Prior to entering the legal profession, Cat worked for the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats as a Program Director and ran a rural development program associated with United World Colleges in Venezuela.
Subrata De is an executive producer and showrunner with extensive experience creating and running unscripted documentary series. She is currently EVP at VICE News, overseeing programming and development and also senior executive producer on the Emmy-nominated weekly Showtime docu-series “VICE.”
Previously, Subrata was showrunner and EP for “VICE Investigates,” a monthly documentary series on Hulu, and executive producer and showrunner for “Vice” on HBO, the Emmy-award winning weekly series. Until early 2018, Subrata was vice president, multi-platform newsgathering at ABC News, tasked with reimagining and executing digital video strategy from live streams to short-form breaking news and feature stories. From 2012-14, she was executive producer of “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” MSNBC’s daily political affairs program. And before this, Subrata was senior producer at “NBC Nightly News” working with the anchor and managing editor for eight-plus years. Subrata oversaw stories and remotes from more than 20 countries, including Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, China, Iraq, Iran, Haiti and Afghanistan and throughout the United States.
Mark Lukasiewicz is a veteran producer, journalist and media executive who has spent his professional career telling important stories to worldwide audiences and helping media organizations deal with transformational change. In 2018, he was appointed the dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University.
Lukasiewicz was senior vice president of specials at NBC News, planning and supervising coverage of major breaking news events such as the death of Osama bin Laden, the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and presidential elections and debates from 2004 to 2016. Also at NBC, he served as NBC News’ first vice president of digital media, and later as executive-in-charge of the NBC News Group Transformation Project, a multiyear redesign and reimagining of technology, workspace, and workflow across NBCUniversal’s news platforms.
Before NBC, Lukasiewicz spent 11 years at ABC News where he was executive producer of “Good Morning America,” senior producer of “World News Tonight” with Peter Jennings, and senior producer of “Primetime Live” with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. In his decades-long career, he has produced numerous live and long-form programs, winning 10 Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, among other journalism and international film festival awards.
Desiree D’iorio is a WSHU reporter. In 2021, she joined American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Desiree came to WSHU in 2019 as a News Fellow, covering local government, the environment and public affairs on Long Island. She received her A.A. in communications from Nassau Community College and B.A. in journalism from Stony Brook University. Her past internships were at the Long Island Press and WSHU. In 2019, she co-wrote a four-part series about the Long Island Pine Barrens, bringing to listeners the sights and sounds of this unique ecosystem nestled in the heart of Suffolk County.
Roy Gutman has been a foreign affairs journalist in Washington and abroad for more than four decades. He reported on the Middle East for seven years as Baghdad bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers and later as Middle East bureau chief, based in Istanbul until 2015. He then freelanced for The Daily Beast, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy and Politico Europe for two years.
While European Bureau chief at Newsday from 1989 to 1994, Roy’s reports on “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including the first documented accounts of Serb-run concentration camps, won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (1993), the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting and other awards. He shared the George Polk award for foreign reporting in 2013 with McClatchy colleagues, and in 2016 was runner-up for the Edward M. Hood prize for Diplomatic Correspondence. Gutman served as foreign editor at Newsday and McClatchy Newspapers for seven years together. He also reported for Reuters for 12 years and Newsweek for two.
Journalist and broadcaster David North, a PCLI board member with experience as a reporter, producer and host of news and public affairs programs, will serve as moderator.