Former Time Magazine editor to speak at Webb

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Webb School will welcome Charles Alexander, former Time Magazine business, science and international editor and a Webb alumnus, as part of the Follin Speaker Series on April 25. His presentation titled "Climate Change: It's Your Future" is slated for 9:40 a.m. in the Follin Chapel on the Webb campus.

After 23 years at Time magazine, Alexander is now an independent writer. In his Time career, he was a business reporter and writer, business editor, science editor and finally international editor. During his last 13 years as an editor, he directed Time's award-winning environmental coverage, including the 1989 "Planet of the Year" report, the "Earth Day 2000 Special Edition" and the 2001 "Global Warming" cover.

Among his many journalism awards are the Page One Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Newspaper Guild of New York, the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism and the Bassow Award from the Overseas Press Club for Best Reporting on Environmental Issues.

Since retiring from Time, Alexander has written Sustainability Reports for Time Inc., been a Contributing Editor for Conservation magazine, been a blogger for The Huffington Post, and has taken on writing and album-producing projects for Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, the remaining original members of the Four Seasons singing group. He has lectured at Columbia University, New York University, Michigan State University, the University of Hawaii and the New School for Social Research.

Alexander graduated from The Webb School in 1968, got a B.A. from Harvard in 1972 and a masters in journalism from Columbia in 1977. He taught algebra, biology and general science at Webb in 1972-1973 and served as a Webb Trustee from 2007 to 2013.

The speaker series is an endowed program at The Webb School, an independent college preparatory boarding/day school for grades 6-12. For more information about The Webb School, visit