The New York Press Club, Inc.
1324 Lexington Avenue (Box 190)
New York NY 10128-1145


Jane Tillman Irving
WCBS Newsradio 880 (Retired)
1st Vice President
Beth Karas
2nd Vice President
Debra Toppeta
Stephani Shelton
Freelance Journalist CNBC
Grace Wong
Freelance Journalist
Corresponding Secretary
David Cruz
Norwood News


Debra Caruso Marrone
DJC Communications
Stephanie Forshee
Agenda, A Financial Times Publication
Winnie Hu
The New York Times
Rich Lamb
WCBS Newsradio 880
Mitch Lebe
1010 WINS
Philip O’Brien
Steve Scott
WCBS Newsradio 880
Carol Tanjutco


Joe Connolly
WCBS Newsradio 880
Mark Lieberman
Past President
Jerry Schmetterer
Past President
Larry Seary
Past President
Carl Leibowitz
Public Relations
Debra J. Caruso
Staton Rabin
John R. Lieberman
Farrell Farrell Burke
Fr. Matthew F. Malone, S.J.
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

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The New York Press Club has been a champion of working journalists and professional communicators for more than 60 years, providing advocacy, information and service to the metro New York press corps.

Applying for membership is straightforward. Select a membership category that best fits your situation. Submit a membership application along with appropriate dues (Credit/debit/PayPal payments can be made from this page. Click 'Send Dues' above). Applications received without the accompanying dues payment will not be considered.

Please note that we use a Membership Year system in which renewals for all members occur annually, during January. Renewal dues are pro-rated for individuals who join outside the January renewal period. (see Renew Membership Page for details).

Applications are reviewed by a committee of the Club's Board and notice is then sent, usually within three or four days. If for any reason an application is not approved, all fees paid are immediately refunded.

The New York Press Club works to protect the rights of all reporters while providing networking opportunities for journalists and professional communicators to discuss professional issues and affect change.

Lectures, panel discussions, 'newsmaker' appearances and other Press Club sponsored functions have covered such topics as threats to freedom of the press, the various threats to investigative reporting, the relationship between the media and government, the role of community newspapers, foreign press coverage of the city of New York and questions about how the press covers itself. The club also sponsors debates - open to all members and broadcast live - among mayoral, congressional and gubernatorial candidates.

The New York Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee provides assistance and support to journalists faced with legal problems such as refusal to divulge confidential news sources or in cases where a reporter is barred from a court hearing. Additionally, the club maintains a liaison with various government agencies whose actions directly affect working journalists in such matters as the issuing of Working Press credentials.

The annual New York Press Club Journalism Awards are a long-standing tradition in New York media, honoring excellence in journalism by writers and reporters who are recognized as being among the best in their fields. The Awards and Installation Dinner at which the year's awards are formally presented is a highlight on many social calendars.

Our annual Journalism Conference, traditionally staged in conjunction with a local university, has long been recognized as the premier event of its kind in metro New York. In addition to numerous conference tracks and break-outs that feature respected working journalists and academics, the conference offers other elements of useful interest to all ranks: students, journeymen and women and grizzled veterans.

The opportunites of membership in the New York Press Club, professional and otherwise, are boundless - regulated only by the enthusiasm and energy of individual members.

Active: journalists currently working in print, broadcast or Web news media with at least six months experience in the New York area.
First years dues: $45. (Regularly $90. Initiation fee waived.)

Associate: communications professionals who worked in news for at least five years, at least half that time in the New York area.
Dues: $140. (Includes one-time $15 initiation fee).

Affiliate: former news professionals who were in the field for less than five years or individuals who have no news media experience but who are currently working in a news-related field.
Dues: $190.00 (Includes one-time $15 initiation fee).

Student: full-time students whose concentration is in journalism, media or the communication arts.
Dues: $25.00 (Initiation fee waived for student memberships).
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