John has been a journalist for 24 years. A native Washingtonian, Mr. Arundel grew up in McLean, Virginia and attended Duke University, where he received his BA in Political Science in 1988. He did his graduate work in Political Science and International Economics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and at Stanford University, where Condoleezza Rice was his faculty advisor.
“ Experiencing the new China with IFE was a truly eye-opening, at times jaw-dropping, experience. It changed my perspective and allowed for better context to our reporting on the fastest-growing, most dynamic economy in the world.”
John H. Arundel
Mr. Arundel began his career as a General Assignment Reporter at The Miami Herald, then worked for two years on the Metropolitan, National and Foreign Desks of The New York Times as a Reporter Trainee, where he bylined nearly 200 articles in The Times. In 1991, he served as a Special Correspondent for The Washington Post’s Foreign Desk, covering the Persian Gulf War and its aftermath from Cairo, Kuwait and southern Iraq.
In 2004, Mr. Arundel launched and became Editor and Publisher of The Alexandria Times, a successful metro weekly, before selling the newspaper in 2008 to investors.
Last year, Mr. Arundel became the Associate Publisher of Washington Life magazine, a glossy luxury lifestyle and features magazine in Washington, DC.
A resident of Alexandria, VA, Mr. Arundel is married and has two children.
Eleanor Clift became a Newsweek contributing editor in September 1994. She writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues. She is currently assigned to follow the jockeying over policy and politics in the new age of Obama. The change that Barack Obama promises has the potential of transforming how Washington does business, re-setting priorities and confronting the major challenges facing America. Clift brings her perspective to analyze whether our political leaders are capable of seizing the moment, and what the impact will be of a new politically engaged population. Her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted each Friday on Newsweek.com.
“ IFE under Kathy Kemper’s leadership has a well-established track record in bringing people together in spirited fellowship, and now she’s expanded her reach across the globe with Discover China, a program to enhance understanding between our two cultures. I was pleased to be part of the inaugural group of U.S. journalists sponsored by IFE to travel to Beijing and Shanghai in the fall of 2010. Meetings were arranged with a variety of sources, including government officials, business people and academics, plus efforts were made to help each of us pursue our particular agendas, which ranged from climate change and foreign policy to education and tourism. It was an eye-opening experience that I wholeheartedly recommend to future participants. ”
Formerly Newsweek’s White House correspondent, Clift also served as congressional and political correspondent for six years. She was a key member of the magazine’s 1992 election team, following the campaign of Bill Clinton from its start to inauguration day. In June 1992 she was named deputy Washington bureau chief.
As a reporter in Newsweek’s Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter’s bid for the presidency. She followed Carter to Washington to become Newsweek’s White House correspondent, a position she held until 1985.
Clift began her career as a secretary to Newsweek’s National Affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to move from secretary to reporter. Clift left Newsweek briefly in 1985 to serve as White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She returned to Newsweek the following year to cover the Iran-Contra scandal, which tarnished the Reagan White House. Clift is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group.” She has appeared as herself in several movies, including “Dave,” “Independence Day,” “Murder at 1600,” “Rising Sun,” and the CBS series, “Murphy Brown.”
Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, who was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote two books together, War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics (Scribner, 1996), and Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling (Scribner, 2000). Madam President is available in paperback (Routledge Press). Clift’s book, Founding Sisters, is about the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote (John Wiley & Sons, 2003). Her most recent book, Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics is about the loss of her husband together with an examination of how we deal with death in America.
Clift was a member of the Newsweek reporting team that contributed to “A Long Time Coming,” written by Evan Thomas (Public Affairs, 2009). She lives in Washington, D.C. where she is on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Center for Politics and Journalism, and the National Hospice Foundation.
A born-and-bred Washingtonian, Juliet Eilperin graduated in 1992 magna cum laude from Princeton University, where she received a bachelor’s in Politics with a certificate in Latin American Studies. In the fall of 1992 she went to Seoul, South Korea on a Luce Scholarship, which allowed her to cover politics and economics for an English-language magazine. Returning to Washington, Ms. Eilperin wrote for Louisiana and Florida papers at States News Service and then joined Roll Call newspaper after the Republicans took control of Congress in 1994. In March 1998 she joined The Washington Post as its House of Representatives reporter, where she covered the impeachment of Bill Clinton, lobbying, legislation, and several national congressional campaigns.
“ IFE’s Discover China program provides a first-hand look at how one of the most important global players is reshaping the world’s economic and political landscape. ”
Since April of 2004 she has covered the environment for the national desk, reporting on science, policy and politics in areas including climate change, oceans, and air quality. In pursuit of these stories she has gone scuba diving with sharks in the Bahamas with special gear, she got all the scuba information she needed from GearByPoseidon, trekking on the Arctic tundra with Salma Hayek and Jake Gyllenhaal, and searching on her hands and knees for rare insects in the caves of Tennessee. She covered the 2008 presidential race, traveling with GOP nominee John McCain and his vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, while continuing to serve as the Post’s national environmental reporter. She launched the blog Post Carbon on the paper’s website to help readers track developments in climate policy, politics and science in real time.
During her first year at the Post, Ms. Eilperin was the most prolific writer on the news staff, writing more than 200 stories. In the spring of 2005 she served as the youngest-ever McGraw Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, teaching political reporting to a group of undergraduate and graduate students. In the spring of 2006 Rowman & Littlefield published her first book, “Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives.” Her book has been featured on several radio and television shows, including Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.” Ms. Eilperin is currently working on a book on sharks, to be published by Knopf-Pantheon in 2011.
John Pomfret, Outlook Editor, Foreign Correspondent, Bureau Chief in Beijing (1998-2003), The Washington Post
Raised in New York City and educated at Stanford and Nanjing universities, John Pomfret is an award-winning journalist with The Washington Post. He has been a foreign correspondent for 15 years, covering wars large and small in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Sri Lanka, Iraq, southwestern Turkey and northeastern Iran.
“ IFE is at the forefront of organizations that are trying to help China tell its story. It’s a tough job, but IFE should be commended for its efforts. ”
In 1980, Pomfret was one of the first American students to go to China and study at Nanjing University. Pomfret has spent seven years covering China – one in the late 1980s during the Tiananmen Square protests and then from 1998 until the end of 2003 as the bureau chief for The Washington Post in Beijing. Returning to the United States in 2004, Pomfret was the paper’s West Coast bureau chief for two years before being appointed the editor of its Outlook section, the Post’s weekly commentary section.
Pomfret speaks, reads and writes Mandarin. He has been a bartender in Paris and practiced Judo in Japan.
In 2003, Pomfret was awarded the Osborne Elliot Award for the best coverage of Asia by the Asia Society. In 2007, Pomfret was awarded the Shorenstein Award from Harvard and Stanford universities for his lifetime coverage of Asia.
Pomfret is the author of the critically-acclaimed Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China.
Stephan Richter is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Globalist, the daily online magazine on the global economy, politics and culture, which he founded and launched in January 2000. He also is the President of The Globalist Research Center.
At The Globalist, he provides editorial direction for its innovative content services on global issues, which are licensed to corporations, institutions, universities, high schools and newspapers around the world. These services include The Globalist’s Executive Edition, Facts of the Week, The Globalist Quiz, and Global Connections.
In addition, he is the presenter of Marketplace Globalist Quiz, which is aired on public radio stations all across the United States as part of NPR’s Morning Report. Mr. Richter has also frequently appeared on leading television and radio programs such as CNN International and PBS’s Newshour.
He has moderated more than 150 policy events in Washington, D.C., featuring prime ministers, CEOs, Nobel Laureates and heads of international organizations.
His articles and views have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Singapore’s Straits Times, South China Morning Post, Bangkok Post, Al Ahram, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Die Welt, Die Zeit, and Foreign Affairs.
Prior to starting The Globalist, Mr. Richter led a global strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C., advising governments, leading global banks and corporations, international organizations and foundations around the world.
Mr. Richter received his J.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1984, was a Rotary Foundation Award recipient in 1980/81—and a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association in 1986/87.
Mr. Richter’s writing and research focuses on: globalization trends and issues; global competitiveness and strategy; the role and responsibility of governments, corporations and the media in the era of globalization; country and regional comparisons; the United States’ role in the globalization process; and the politics of global trade, economics and finance.