Business and Economic Reporting, Director
Stephen Solomon’s most recent book, Ellery’s Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle over School Prayer, explores the landmark 1963 case (Abington School District v. Schempp) in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized prayer and Bible reading in the public schools violated the First Amendment. He is currently working on An American Invention: The Founding Generation and the Struggle for Freedom of Speech, to be published by Macmillan in 2014.
Solomon is associate director of the Carter Journalism Institute. He is also the founder and director of the NYU Master of Arts program in Business and Economic Reporting. He received his B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Georgetown University. His academic specialty is First Amendment law, and he teaches courses on freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Institute as well as in the Freshman Honors Program in the College of Arts and Science. He was awarded NYU’s Golden Dozen Award for excellence in teaching.
Solomon was a writer at Fortune magazine and has written for many national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and The Nation. His articles have won the two most prestigious awards for business writing, the Gerald Loeb Award and the John Hancock Award for Excellence, as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize. Professor Solomon is also co-author of Building 6: The Tragedy at Bridesburg, a book-length investigation of the working conditions that caused the deaths of 54 men from lung cancer at Rohm and Haas, a Fortune 500 chemical company in Philadelphia.
B.A., Economics, Reed College
Professor Penenberg is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, [Inside], Playboy and Mother Jones. A former Senior Editor at Forbes and reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of The New Republic--portrayed in the film Shattered Glass (Steve Zahn plays Penenberg).
A chapter of his first book, Spooked: Espionage in Corporate America (Perseus Books) was excerpted in The Sunday New York Times Magazine, while a portion of his second, Tragic Indifference: One Man's Battle With the Auto Industry Over the Dangers of SUVs (HarperBusiness, Nov. 2003), ran in USA Today. Penenberg has appeared on NBC's "Today Show" with Katie Couric, CNN's "American Morning" with Soledad O'Brien, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CNBC and NPR.
He wrote the popular "Media Hack" column for Wired News, was a columnist for Slate, and is now a contributing writer to Fast Company magazine.
Leslie Wayne is a former business reporter for The New York Times. In her more than twenty years at The Times, she produced over 1500 bylines on a broad range of topics, including Wall Street, the economy and financial scandals. She has also been on The Times' campaign finance team in every Presidential election since 1996.
Her Times' assignments have included enterprise reporting on major American corporations, executives and business trends. She has also been The Times' aerospace and defense reporter, its municipal finance reporter and been part of several investigative teams. Her reporting has put her in The Times' Washington bureau, its Los Angeles bureau and its bureaus in London and Paris.
Ms. Wayne has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS Radio as well as Times' podcasts and videos. She has an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School and was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business Journalism at Columbia. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan and was a state house reporter for four years at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. and a special assignment reporter for five years at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She was selected as the inaugural Donald W. Reynolds visiting professor in business journalism at Arizona State University, is a five- time winner of The New York Times "Publisher's Award," was part of a team that won a Gerald Loeb award and is a winner of the "Best of Bagehot" award honoring the best work from a Bagehot Fellow.
Investigative Reporter, The New York Times
B.A., Political Science, Hartwick College
Mike McIntire is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Before joining the Times in 2003, he was the investigative editor at The Hartford Courant, where he was a 2001 Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting on medical malpractice and was part of a team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. He has also been a national writer at the Associated Press in New York, and a reporter and editor at several Connecticut newspapers. His investigation of dangerous conditions at nuclear power plants earned him a 1997 National Press Foundation Award, and he received the 1992 Scripps Howard Foundation National Public Service Award for exposing political corruption in Connecticut.
Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of subjects and has responsibility for Fortune editorial franchises including the “Best Companies to Work For,” the “40 Under 40” ranking of the most powerful young people in business, and Fortune’s lifestyle coverage. Leigh is also a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on television outlets including CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and Fox News; she is a contracted biweekly guest on public radio’s Marketplace. She is a frequent speaker at Fortune and other business and economics conferences and serves as co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women/State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. Leigh is currently at work on a book about the future of the suburbs to be published by Portfolio in early 2013.
Before joining Fortune in 2007, Leigh was a senior editor at SmartMoney, where she edited the magazine’s consumer-oriented coverage. Prior to SmartMoney, she worked for six years as a writer and reporter for Forbes. Leigh is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in New York.
Bethany McLean graduated from Williams College in 1992 with a double major in math and English. She spent the next three years working as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. In 1995, she joined Fortune Magazine as a reporter, and eventually became an editor-at-large. Her 2001 piece, "Is Enron Overpriced?" was one of the first skeptical articles about Enron, and after the company collapsed into bankruptcy, she co-authored the "Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron" with her Fortune colleague Peter Elkind. A documentary based on the book was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006. In 2008, McLean joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor. Her recent book, which she co-authored with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, is "All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis." She is also a columnist for Reuters and a contributor at CNBC.