Media Council Breakfast

Frank Rich and Chris Hughes in Conversation

Sep 27, 2012
8:00 – 9:00 AM
New York
Frank Rich, writer-at-large for New York Magazine and former columnist for the New York Times, and Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief and publisher of The New Republic and cofounder of Facebook, joined the Media Council on September 27 for a conversation about the 2012 presidential election and the increasing convergence of media, politics, and technology.  
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Frank Rich
New York Magazine

Frank Rich is writer-at-large for New York Magazine, where he writes monthly essays on politics and culture. He is also a commentator at, engaging in regular dialogues on the news of the week. Rich joined New York in 2011 following a distinguished career at the New York Times, where he had been an op-ed columnist since 1994. He was previously the paper's chief drama critic, from 1980 to 1993, and had also worked at the paper as a front-page columnist for the Sunday "Arts & Leisure" section, a senior adviser to the Times' culture editor on the paper's cultural-news report, and a senior writer for the New York Times Magazine.
He has written about culture and politics for many other national publications. His honors include the George Polk Award for commentary in 2005 and, in 2011, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University. His books include Ghost Light: A Memoir and, most recently, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina. Rich is also a creative consultant to HBO, where he is an executive producer of VEEP, a comedy series written and directed by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a documentary on Stephen Sondheim scheduled for 2013.  A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of Harvard, he lives in New York City with his wife, the novelist and journalist Alex Witchel.


Chris Hughes
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
The New Republic

As editor-in-chief and publisher of The New Republic, a renowned American magazine of politics and culture, Chris Hughes is a leading voice on the future of media. A founder of social media startups including Facebook and, Hughes may seem an unlikely champion of print magazines, but as a respected digital innovator he is well-positioned to both defend and revolutionize traditional journalism.
In the face of increasingly urgent predictions of print media’s demise, Hughes argues that social networking and the capabilities of the Internet can help develop high-quality journalism and make it more accessible than ever before. An ardent believer in the social role of journalism in society, Hughes purchased The New Republic in March 2012 to preserve the magazine’s tradition of critical thinking and nuanced long-form analysis. Since taking the helm, he has initiated plans to help the nearly century-old institution take full advantage of the digital age, including a full redesign of the print publication and website. Under Hughes’ direction, The New Republic has become a trailblazer in the effort to redefine the news industry.
Hughes began his career as a developer and entrepreneur of new media in 2004, when he cofounded Facebook with his Harvard roommates and served first as the site’s spokesperson, then as a leader of its product and user experience team. In 2007, he became director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, where his success generating grassroots support revolutionized the use of the Web as a political tool. Hughes helped Obama raise more than $500 million online from over two million donations.

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