Syracuse University Magazine

Honoring an Acclaimed Journalist

Toner Video

Robin Toner '76, The New York Times' first woman national political correspondent, was once described by Senator Edward M. Kennedy as "a reporter's reporter who cared deeply about the people and issues she covered." Toner, who died of cancer last year, was that and so much more, according to friends, family, and colleagues who paid tribute to her at the Robin Toner Symposium, held in Hergenhan Auditorium at the Newhouse School on October 27. The symposium featured a video about her life and work, reminiscences from colleagues, and a panel discussion among some of the nation's top journalists about political and public policy reporting in the digital age. During her nearly 25-year career with The New York Times, Toner covered the most controversial and important domestic issues of the day and regularly hit the presidential campaign trail. Colleagues and competitors alike recognized her for thorough, in-depth reporting, meticulous fact checking, and elegant writing. "She could make policy come alive in a way no one else could," said Dan Balz, national political correspondent for The Washington Post.  

—From Staff Reports


Gwen Ifill (left), moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, smiles as Adam Nagourney, chief political correspondent for The New York Times, responds to a question during the symposium's panel discussion.