Panel 4: Joy-Anne Reid and David Kogan in conversation with Mark Thompson:
Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company in November 2012. He has directed the Company's strategy and presided over an expansion of its digital and global operations. Under his leadership, digital subscriptions have grown from 500,000 to nearly four million. The Times has successfully branded out into other digital products like Cooking and Crosswords, has launched one of the world's most successful podcasts and recently premiered "The Weekly," a new TV news program for FX and Hulu.
Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Thompson served as director-general of the BBC from 2004, where he reshaped the organization to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign.
His book, "Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?" which is based on lectures he gave as a visiting professor at Oxford University, was published in the UK and US in September 2016. Mark Thompson was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College, Oxford.
Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of "AM Joy," which airs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 A.M. ET to noon ET. Her latest book: The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story (Harper Collins, 2019), was published in June and is a New York Times best seller. She is the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2015) and the co-editor, with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, of We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama (Bloomsbury, 2016).
Reid's columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine and The Daily Beast.
She has previously worked in local TV news, as a talk radio producer and host, and in politics as a Florida press secretary for America Coming Together (2004) and a Florida press aide for the Barack Obama campaign (2008). As the former managing editor of TheGrio.com, Reid led a staff of 12 young journalists in exploring stories and issues of importance to African-Americans. After a stint with TheGrio from 2011 to 2014, she was tapped to host her first branded cable news show: The Reid Report, a daily news program on MSNBC. In 2014, she took the helm of the Saturday 10 a.m. to noon block with "AM Joy." The daughter of a college professor mom, Reid taught a course on "race, gender and media" at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications' New York City annex from 2017 through 2018.
Reid graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in film in 1991. She and her husband Jason own a documentary film production company. They reside in New York and have three children.
David Kogan has had an extensive career in journalism and business management. He began in newspapers in 1979 , wrote his first book 'The Battle for the Labour Party 'at the age of 24 and then joined the BBC where he worked in radio, television and was based in New York in 1984-1985 He joined the international news agency Reuters in 1988 first as Managing Editor and then global Managing Director of Reuters TV. He covered such stories as the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, Nelson Mandela's release in South Africa and the civil war in Yugoslavia. In 1998 he created Reel Enterprises which was responsible for negotiating major commercial deals in media and sport and was sold to the Wasserman Media Group in 2011. Kogan was the Chief executive of the renowned photographers' agency Magnum Photos from 2014 to 2019. He has had a wide range of non-executive Directorships including on the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office for which he has been awarded the Order of the British Empire. He now is a writer and broadcaster on UK and international politics.
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