Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post and former public editor for The New York Times, will discuss media accountability with Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, at a free community event in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, March 16. Sullivan will speak at 6 p.m. A reception follows at 7 p.m.
The event, part of the Seigenthaler Series, will be held at the John Seigenthaler Center on the Vanderbilt University campus at 1207 18th Ave. South. The Seigenthaler Series, presented by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, was launched earlier this year in honor of John Seigenthaler to explore emerging issues involving the media and our constitutional freedoms.
Before joining The Post in 2016, Sullivan was The New York Times public editor, and previously, the chief editor of The Buffalo News, the largest news organization in upstate New York. She began at The News, her hometown paper, as a summer intern. She was a government reporter, metro columnist and city-desk editor. As top editor, she emphasized local enterprise reporting, diversified the 200-member newsroom staff, and established the paper’s first investigative team. As the Times’s public editor, she successfully pressed for the strengthening of its guidelines on the use of anonymous sources.
A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School, Sullivan lives in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and was twice elected as a director of the American Society of News Editors, where she led the First Amendment committee. Sullivan has taught in the graduate schools of journalism at Columbia University and City University of New York. She is the mother of two children, now in their 20s, who both work in public defense.
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