Andy Borowitz is a writer and comedian actor whose work appears in The New Yorker
and at his satirical website, BorowitzReport.com, which has millions of readers around
the world. He is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club's humor award and a
two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has been the principal host of the Moth storytelling group since 1999. He is the author of many books including his latest, The 50 Funniest American Writers, published in October 2011 by Library of America. He has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (The Wall Street Journal), "America's satire king" (The Daily Beast), and "one of the funniest people in America" (CBS News Sunday Morning).
Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer, bestselling author and public speaker with a passion for creativity in everyday life. In 2000, Julie designed Studio 360, public radio’s premiere program about creativity, entertainment and the arts, hosted by Kurt Andersen. Julie led the Studio 360 team for many years, leaving her post as Executive Producer to write the first Studio 360 book, Spark: How Creativity Works, which was published by Harper in 2011.
Elliott Forrest is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and producer. He is currently heard on the radio in New York City on Classical 105.9FM WQXR and WNYC. He is the host and producer of the national radio broadcasts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the award winning podcasts for the New York Philharmonic. As a producer he’s created concerts at The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Pasadena Pops and the Little Orchestra Society. He musically curates and hosts the Resonating Light classical chamber series at the Rubin Museum of Art, NYC. In 2010 he directed “A Christmas Carol” with David Hyde Pierce in The Greene Space. He is the Artistic Director of ArtsRock in Rockland County and this year was awarded the Arts Council of Rockland's Arts Supporter of the Year. For more than 12 years he was on the A&E Television Network as host of Breakfast with the Arts and Biography. He has been the voice of “Live from Lincoln Center” on PBS and for 5 years was heard on CNN. He received his B.A. in Theater from The University of Texas, Austin.
Philip Gourevitch is the Editor of The Paris Review, and a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author of A Cold Case (2001) and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: stories from Rwanda (1998), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angelese Times Book Prize, and in England, the Guardian First Book Award. His books have been translated in nine languages, and his short stories have appeared in a number of journals. Before relaunching The Paris Review last year, Gourevitch had traveled extensively for a decade, writing from Africa, Asia, and Europe, and In 2004, he was The New Yorker’s Washington Correspondent, covering the presidential election. Most recently, he reported on Sri Lanka’s civil war in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Mike Pesca is a reporter who has covered economics, politics and the arts during his tenure at National Public Radio. He is currently NPR's Sports Correspondent. As such he's covered the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NCAA basketball tournament, the World's Strongest Man competition and the World Series of Poker. He's covered both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, and the resignation of the governors of New York (prostitute), Connecticut (corruption), and New Jersey ("I am a gay American"). Mike went undercover to test New York's gourmet cupcakes, interviewed the puppet "Lamb chop" in a report on sock tariffs, and penned a song about New Jersey political corruption.
Pesca, whose writing has appeared in Slate and the Washington Post, is the winner of the Edward R. Murrow award for best radio feature and the 1993 Emory University Softball official of the year. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Robin, sons Milo and Emmett, and their dog, Rumsfeld. Prior to working on the National Desk at NPR, Mike was a reporter on the NPR show Day to Day, a reporter-at-large for the program On the Media, and filled in as host of The Bryant Park Project, Talk of the Nation, On the Media and WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. His first job in radio was as an intern on New York & Co, which came to be known as The Leonard Lopate Show.
Jeffrey Toobin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since January 1993. Mr. Toobin is also the legal analyst for CNN, which he joined in 2002 after six years with ABC News. In 2000, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case. His most recent book is Too Close to Call: The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election, which was published in 2001 by Random House. He is also the author of A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President (Random House, 2000), and The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson (Random House, 1996). Both books were New York Times best-sellers. Mr. Toobin lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.