Stony Brook School of Journalism Announces Fall 2019 My Life As Speaker Series Lineup

The Stony Brook University School of Journalism’s My Life As Speaker Series will return this fall with three compelling lectures featuring award-winning journalists from a variety of backgrounds and media organizations.

“We are pleased to bring back the My Life As Speaker Series this semester, and are looking forward to hearing from these distinguished professionals about their incredible careers and invaluable work,” said Interim Dean of the School of Journalism Laura Lindenfeld. 

The first lecture will take place on Monday, September 23 and features Laura Helmuth, the Health and Science Editor at The Washington Post. Joel Weber, Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek follows on Monday, October 21, and Sebastian Meyer, photojournalist and co-founder of Metrography, the first Iraqi photo agency, closes out the series on Wednesday, November 6.

The My Life As Speaker Series is sponsored by the School of Journalism, and co-sponsored by Tiller, LLC a nationally known consultancy that brings together leading corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations to raise public understanding of critical issues. 

“We are steadfast advocates for the importance and value of a free, objective, and intrepid press,” said Tiller Founder and CEO Rob Densen. “Our co-sponsorship of the My Life As Speaker Series signals our appreciation of journalism’s indispensable societal role – and our deep regard for the many journalists who have dedicated their careers to informing, educating, and empowering their fellow citizens.” 

Support for the series is also provided by WSHU Public Radio and Stony Brook’s College of Business

All events are free and open to the public, and will take place on the Stony Brook campus at the Student Activities Center Sidney Gelber Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 7 pm and no tickets are required. 


Fall 2019 Speakers

November 6 – Sebastian Meyer

Sebastian Meyer is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, and a recipient of multiple grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His editorial photographs have been published in TIME Magazine, Fortune Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The FT Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among many others. Meyer has made films for National Geographic, PBS Newshour, Channel 4 News, CNN, VOA, and HBO. In 2009 Meyer co-founded Metrography, the first Iraqi photo agency. His new book, Under Every Yard of Sky, showcases Meyer’s work from his journey through modern Iraqi Kurdistan. Books will be available for purchase for $85 between 6:30 and 7:30PM. You can also purchase the book online at here for $65. Meyer will be signing his book after the lecture.

October 21 – Joel Weber

Joel Weber was named editor of Bloomberg Businessweek in January 2018. Most recently he was the editor of Bloomberg Markets magazine, which he re-launched in 2016 as a bi-monthly publication for customers of the Bloomberg Professional service. Weber joined Bloomberg in 2012 as a senior editor at Markets, where he covered banking, finance, economics, and technology, and also helped develop Bloomberg Pursuits, the company’s lifestyle publication. Before Bloomberg, Weber worked at ESPN The Magazine, Men’s Health, Best Life, and Men’s Journal. He has helped win two National Magazine Awards, has been a finalist for another, and co-authored The Men’s Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition. Weber has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

September 23 – Laura Helmuth

Laura Helmuth is the Health and Science Editor for The Washington Post and the immediate past president of the National Association of Science Writers. She has been an editor for National Geographic, Slate, Smithsonian, and Science magazines, and a freelance writer or editor for the New York Times, Nautilus, National Wildlife, Stanford Medicine and other publications. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s standing committee on science communication, and she serves on the advisory boards of SciLine, High Country News, Knowable Magazine, Society for Science and the Public, and Spectrum and is a council member of the Geological Society of Washington. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the U.C. Santa Cruz science writing program. Follow her on Twitter at @LauraHelmuth