Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times from 1992-2017, will discuss the current state of American media, culture and politics at a free public event at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University.
Sulzberger led The Times for 25 years, during which time he presided over the digital and international expansion of the news organization. Today, The Times has more readers and subscribers than at any point in its 167-year history, with a monthly average monthly audience of more than 130 million people and 3.5 million paid subscriptions. Under his leadership, The Times won 61 Pulitzer Prizes, doubling the paper’s total Pulitzer count.
His journalism career began at The Raleigh, N.C., Times in 1974. He moved to the Associated Press London bureau two years later. He joined The Times, the newspaper his family has controlled since 1896, as a correspondent in the Washington bureau in 1978.
Sulzberger remains the chairman of the board of The New York Times Company. His son A.G. Sulzberger succeeded him as publisher.
Sulzberger was chairman of the board of New York Outward Bound Schools and a member of the board of North Carolina Outward Bound. He also helped found and was chairman of the Times Square Alliance, which works to cultivate and promote that famous section of New York City. He currently serves on the board of the Mohonk Preserve, New York’s largest visitor- and member-supported wildlife preserve.
Sulzberger’s talk will be moderated by former Boise State President Bob Kustra, host of Reader’s Corner on Boise State Public Radio, and feature questions from Boise State students, faculty and the greater Boise community.
Sulzberger’s public appearance is part of a two-day visit to Boise State with Walter Robb, a mentor, investor and advisor to food companies and their CEOs. Robb is the former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and a Professor of the Practice at Boise State. The two longtime business leaders will meet with students, faculty and others during their visit to campus.