The Richard W. and Laurie Johnston Memorial Endowment brings professionals to the school for campus lectures, workshops, and discussions with students, faculty members, and members of the community. It honors Dick Johnston, a gifted magazine editor, writer, and war correspondent who devoted himself to high-quality journalism and his wife, Laurie Johnston, an award-winning newspaper reporter, writer, and war correspondent.  The project originated as a memorial to Richard Johnston and was made possible with generous gifts from his widow, Laurie, George E. Jones of U.S. News and World Report, and the Correspondents Fund.

Richard, a 1936 graduate of the school, began his career as a news reporter during the Great Depression, working for the Eugene Register-Guard and the Eugene Daily News. He went to Portland with United Press and during WWII covered the Pacific theatre with the Marines, winning the coveted Headliner Award for his reporting on the Battle of Tarawa. He is best known as the founding executive editor of Sports Illustrated, where he served for 17 years before retiring as a contributing writer. Laurie, also a 1936 graduate, began her career at the Albany Democrat Herald and the Eugene Register-Guard, reported from the Territory of Hawai’i for Reuters during WWII, and worked at Newsweek before settling at the New York Times in 1949. For her work as a Metro reporter and columnist, she won the Meyer Berger Award for distinguished writing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism for  “her consistently warm and perceptive glimpses of the little and large dramas of New York.”

2016-17 Johnston Lecture

Ted ConoverTed Conover

Witness of One: Hello and a Pencil

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 4 p.m.
Global Scholars Hall Great Room

Ted Conover is an American author and journalist. His works include Rolling Nowhere, Coyotes, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, and other nonfiction books. Additionally, much of Conover’s work has been published in magazines. He frequently contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and many others.


Past Lectures:

2016   John Markoff (MA ’76), senior writer for The New York Times
2015    Ken Doctor (MA ’79), news industry analyst, Newsonomics
2013    Charles Jaco, journalist for Fox 2 News and radio host for KMOX
2012    Alex Kotlowitz, Bearing Witness: Storytelling and Human Rights
2011     Jonathon Gold, Experts in the Age of Citizen Journalism
2010     Andrew Revkin, noted environmental writer and blogger for The New York Times on dot earth.
2009     Tony Horwitz, author of five books including A Voyage Long and Strange
2008     Peggy Orenstein, NYT contributing writer and author of Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids and Life in a Half-Changed World; Waiting for Daisy, and Schoolgirls.
2007     Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, a 2006 MacArthur Fellow, author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
2006     Benoit Denizet-Lewis, contributing writer The New York Times Magazine
2005     Erik Larson, author of Isaac’s Storm
2004     Melissa Fay Greene, author, Last Man Out; The Temple Bombing
2003     Terry Tempest Williams, author, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert
2002     Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, No Matter How Loud I Shout; Baby ER
2001     Susan Orlean, contributing writer, The New Yorker and author, The Orchid Thief; The Bullfighter Check her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People
2000     Alex Kotlowitz, author, There Are No Children Here; The Other Side of the River
1999     Peter Matthiessen, author, The Snow Leopard; In the Spirit of Crazy Horse; Zen Journals
1998     Randall Rothenberg, former contributing editor, Esquire; author, Where the Suckers Moon
1997     Barbara Ehrenreich, columnist, Time magazine; author, The Snarling Citizen
1996     James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly
1995     Victor Navasky, The Nation
1993     Robin Morgan, Ms. magazine
1991     Ambassador “Bill” Lane Jr., Sunset magazine
1990     David Haupert, Magazine Group of Meredith Corporation
1990     Jack Fincher, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian
1988     Suzanne Braun Levine, former editor and vice president, Ms. magazine
1987     Richard Stolley, former editor of Life magazine
1986     Harold Hayes, former editor of Esquire
1984     Ray Cave, Time magazine