New York Times attorney to speak on ‘Defending the Press’

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Kenneth A. Richieri, general counsel and executive vice president at the New York Times Company, will speak on campus on Thursday, Oct. 6 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

His talk, “Defending the Press,” will take place at 4 p.m. at the Pierson College Leitner House, 261 Park St.

As The New York Times’s top lawyer, Richieri has been involved with a number of First Amendment cases as well as legal and business issues involving The Times newspaper and other company properties, including major acquisitions and joint venture transactions. He became general counsel in 2006 after serving as president since 2002, assistant general counsel since 1993, and legal counsel since 1983. Before joining the Times Company, Richieri was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

Richieri received an A.B. degree in political science from Brown University in 1973 and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude, in 1976. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Ben Brody, Christophe Boltanski, and and Julia Ioffe.

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