Some recent inductees into the Hall of Fame include New York Times columnist Clyde Haberman, novelist Oscar Hijuelos, and advertising executive Linda Kaplan Thaler.
An annual networking event, entitled "Building Bridges," brings together students in the Media and Communication Arts Department into the communications field. Tips on breaking into communications-related careers are dispensed. The 2014 honorees will be announced soon.
The CAG's most recent Hall of Fame inductees are Silvia Gambardella '74, Senior Producer, Special Projects. WTVD (AVC11), Durham, NC; Neil Offen x'67, Reporter & Columnist, The Herald-Sun, Durham, NC; Author Robert Scheer' 58, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Truthdig; Author Jack Schwarz '59, Former Assistant Culture Editor, The New York Times, Reporter & Editor, Newsday and Neiman Fellow at Harvard; as well as posthumous inductees Leonard Harris '50, culture critic WCBS-TV, World Telegram & The Sun, novelist; and the great American novelist Bernard Malamud '36, Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction as well as National Book Award winner, author of the baseball classic, "The Natural (1952), The Assistant (1957) and The Fixer (1967).
The Hall of Fame was founded by the Communications Alumni Group in 1998. Among the members of this prestigious group of 117 City College alumni are screenwriters Ernest Lehman '37 and Paddy Chayefsky '43; public relations men David Finn '44 and Carl Spielvogel ' 52B; broadcast journalists Daniel Schorr '39 and David Diaz '65; newspaper editors A.M. Rosenthal '49 and Michael Oreskes '75; magazine editors Edward Kosner '58 and Jacqueline Leo '68; novelists Oscar Higuelos '75, '76 MA and Walter Mosley '91 MA, and advertising/marketing trail blazers Betsy Frank and Linda Kaplan Taylor '72; and sportswriters Maury Allen '53 and Vic Ziegel '58.