This four-part series is co-sponsored by The New School and the Missouri School of Journalism New York Program.
How and why are women and their perspectives underrepresented in news stories and in the newsroom, in this country and around the world?
Sheila Gibbons, vice president of Communications Research Associates and co-author of Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism; Carol Jenkins, Emmy award-winning news anchor and correspondent, founding member and now on Board of Advisors of the Women's Media Center.
Moderated by Geneva Overholser, professor and Curtis B. Hurley Chair of Public Affairs Reporting, Missouri School of Journalism.
Sheila Gibbons produces a monthly column on gender and media for Women's eNews.
A longtime observer of the interplay of media and social roles, she is also editor of the quarterly news journal Media Report to Women and co-author of the award-winning textbook, Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism. (Strata Publishing). A former university journalism instructor and women's magazine editor, Sheila spent 11 years at Gannett Co., Inc., first as an editor and then as the company's director of public affairs.
Today she is a partner in a consulting firm, Communication Research Associates, Inc. She holds a political science degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Carol Jenkins, a writer and producer, is an Emmy award winning former television anchor and correspondent, and Founding Chair of the Board of Greenstone Media, the talk radio network for women.
Ms. Jenkins is the author, with her daughter Elizabeth Gardner Hines, of Black Titan, A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire. It was selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as one of the best non-fiction books of 2004. She is an executive producer of the PBS documentary, What I Want My Words To Do To You, which won The Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
Ms. Jenkins enjoyed a 30 year, award-winning tenure with several New York City news departments, including 23 years at WNBC-TV, where she co-anchored the pivotal 6 p.m. newscast. She was most identified with her reporting of national political stories, including from the floor of Democratic and Republican national conventions that yielded Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. She hosted her own daily talk show, Carol Jenkins Live, on WNYW-TV.
Ms. Jenkins, who is working on her second book, about the several generations of journalists in her family, has written articles for More, Ms, and Opportunity Journal and the essay, Standing By: Women in Broadcast Journalism appeared in Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium. She has served on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Feminist Press, among others.
Carol Jenkins has been honored by the Association of Black Journalists/New York Chapter with Lifetime Achievement and International Reporting Awards, UPI, The Feminist Press, The Daily News with its Front Page Award, YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, Save the Children, Single Parents' Association, United Negro College Fund, Hale House, National Mothers Day Committee as Mother of the Year, the Police Athletic League as Woman of the Year, Abbot House as Humanitarian of the Year, and as Distinguished Alumna of New York University, among many others. She holds honorary doctorates from The College of New Rochelle and Marymount Manhattan College.
Geneva Overholser holds the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting, for the Missouri School of Journalism, in its Washington, D.C., bureau. She is a frequent print and broadcast media critic, and is currently co-editing a book, The Press as an Institution of Democracy. Overholser was editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995. She has also been a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group, ombudsman of The Washington Post and a columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review. She has been a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, deputy editorial page editor and editorial writer for The Des Moines Register and reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. Overholser was a Nieman fellow at Harvard and a congressional fellow with the American Political Science Association. She was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation. Under her leadership, the Register won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. In 2002, she received the Anvil of Freedom Award.
Director of Development, Missouri School of Journalism