Program Office for New Media and Journalism, The Ford Foundation, Former New York Times Correspondent, Former Edward R. Murrow Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
The Future of Global Media
About the Speaker
Calvin Sims is uniquely qualified to discuss the impact of technology on global media. Mr. Sims is currently program officer for news media and journalism for the Ford Foundation. His work seeks to foster new and innovative models of reporting, disseminating and financing quality news, with a concentration on social justice issues, diversity of voices, standards and ethics, and press freedoms. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation in 2007, Mr. Sims spent two decades at The New York Times, where he was a director, producer and foreign correspondent. After covering the Far East and Latin America, he played a central role in the newspaper’s expansion into television, documentaries and the web, including serving as host of “The Conversation,” a NYTimes.com television program featuring in-depth interviews with prominent personalities in a variety of fields. Mr. Sims also served as anchor of the website’s “World View” podcast, a weekly discussion of foreign affairs with Times correspondents from across the globe. From 2001 to 2003, Sims was on leave from The Times, during which he was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he specialized in Southeast Asia. At the same time, Mr. Sims held the Ferris Professorship of Journalism at Princeton University, where he taught a course on the media and terrorism. He also conducted professional training workshops for journalists in Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan as part of an effort by the American University Center for Global Peace to resolve historical conflicts. Mr. Sims received a degree in engineering sciences from Yale University. He is fluent in Spanish and Japanese.