The Argus Speaker Series aims to bring established alumni journalists and communications professionals to Wesleyan to give campus-wide lectures on an aspect of the field in which he or she is well-versed, be it how to report on international politics or how print media will fare in the wake of ever-advancing digital technology. It is our hope that such a program will engage the Wesleyan community in the importance of journalism and news media, educate the community in a large variety of relevant specialized topics, and strengthen the relationship between The Argus and its readership on campus.

Speakers and Their Topics:

Fall 2013

  • Lisa Chedekel ’82, “Investigative Journalism: From Print to Digital”
    Senior Writer, Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT)








Lisa Chedekel ’82 at the RLAL Lounge 

Spring 2011

  • Matt Tyrnauer 91, “The transition from journalist to filmmaker”
    Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair magazine; Filmmaker (“Valentino The Last Emperor”, and others in the works.)

Spring 2010

Michelle McCool ’95

  • Tyler Cabot ’01, “Everything I didn’t learn about writing at Wesleyan”
    Features and Fiction Editor, Esquire
  • Gerard Koeppel ’79, “History is News That Stays News:  How News Writing Impacts the Historical Record”
    Author, Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire (Da Capo, 2009), former editor/writer/producer, CBS News (1989-2000)
  • Michelle McCool ’95, “Behind the Glossies: The Filtering of Fashion from Conception to Publication”
    Fashion Director, Cosmopolitan
  • Jenifer B. McKim ’88, “Investigative Journalism and its future”
    Business Reporter, The Boston Globe

Jenifer B. McKim ’88

Spring 2008

  • Paul Mason 77, “The 2008 Political Campaign: News Coverage in the Digital Age—Blogs, debates, and why your vote may not count”
    ABC News Senior Vice President
  • Avi Salzman 00, “Fire the Paperboy: Is there any way to save the newspaper industry?”
    Freelance journalist
  • Eric Gershon 98, “8 Weeks, 12 Dwarves, 3 Camels and All 72 Rockets: You Call This Work?”
    Hartford Courant Business Reporter

Supported by the Wesleyan Writing Programs.

If you are interested in speaking as part of the Spring 2015 Argus Speaker Series, please contact Gabe Rosenberg at