Journalists Fareed Zakaria and Tom Goldstone, the Executive Producer and Host, respectively, of Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square), CNN’s flagship world affairs program, will receive the first Guardian Award from the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation at its Gala on May 9th at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle. The award, created to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the New Rochelle Public Library and the 25th Anniversary of the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation, recognizes individuals whose careers and lifetime accomplishments exemplify the mission of public libraries: Providing free and open access to information and to a broad variety of ideas and viewpoints.
“Just as Fareed Zakaria GPS focuses attention on crucial issues in our world, libraries across our nation serve as public forums for creating dialogue on key issues in our communities and in our nation,” says Chris Selin, president of the NRPLF. “Libraries really are the new public squares, where the community comes together to find support and explore possibilities. Along with the press, libraries serve as a vital component of American democracy, providing unfettered access to information and enabling that access free-of-charge.”
Selin noted that going forward the NRPL Foundation’s Guardian Award will recognize individuals whose careers have been dedicated to defending liberty and first amendment rights; and to championing knowledge and unfettered access to information, critical elements in maintaining liberty and democracy.
The 25th Anniversary Gala will also honor Leslie Demus, Lynn Green and Bill Handelman, founding members of the NRPLF, and Tom and Theresa Leghorn, Dave and Evelyn McCabe and Dan and Kate Ronan, founding members of the Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library. The evening will include cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing. Tickets to the Gala cost $150 each and are available on line at www.nrplfoundation.org.
For more information visit the NRPL website at www.nrplfoundation.org.
Fareed Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN Worldwide and is a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a bestselling author. Fareed Zakaria GPS is a weekly international and domestic affairs program that airs on CNN/U.S. and around the world on CNN International. Since its debut in 2008, it has become a prominent television forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders. Interviews on Fareed Zakaria GPS have included U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The program earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and an Emmy® Award nomination in 2013.
Zakaria is the author of three highly-regarded and New York Times bestselling books: In Defense of a Liberal Education (2015), a commentary on the importance of a well-rounded education; the international bestselling The Post-American World, a discussion of the rise of non-Western powers; and The Future of Freedom (2003), a study of “illiberal democracy” in various countries, also an international bestseller.
In 2017, Zakaria was awarded the Arthur Ross Media Award by the American Academy of Diplomacy. He was named a “Top 10 Global Thinker of the Last 10 Years” by Foreign Policy magazine in 2019, and Esquire once called him “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” Zakaria serves on the boards of the Council of Foreign Relations and New America. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a doctorate in political science from Harvard University, and has received numerous honorary degrees.
Tom Goldstone is a lifelong New York City resident whose best decision in life was to marry a woman from New Rochelle. Tom's only long stretches away from NYC have been to attend the Taft School in Connecticut for high school and to study at Cornell University where he received a BA in Government.
Tom joined the staff of Fareed Zakaria GPS shortly after it launched in June 2008. He has been the executive producer of GPS for more than 8 years, and has worked at CNN since 2003. His work has taken him everywhere from the White House to Iran's Presidential compound, from the Vatican to the Pentagon, from Saudi Arabia to Saskatchewan. He has produced interviews with Presidents Obama, Bush 43, Bill Clinton, and Bush 41; with Vladimir Putin, two Presidents of Iran, the King and Queen of Jordan, and a Premier of China, to name just a few. Previous to his current position, Tom worked with Peter Jennings on World News Tonight and producing stories with Barbara Walters and others at 20/20. His work has been honored with an Emmy, a Peabody and Dupont-Columbia awards among others. Tom sits on the board of directors of The St. Bernard’s School and the Lymphoma Research Foundation and he is a member of the Cornell University Council. Tom and his wife Jennifer Lew Goldstone, a graduate of New Rochelle High School, live in New York City with their two children.