Albany, NY – Alan Chartock sits down for an illuminating hour with professor, editor and financial journalist Byron E. Calame.
"Barney" Calame is currently the eighth James H. Ottaway Sr. professor of journalism at the College at New Paltz. He retired at the end of 2004 as a deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and served as public editor for The New York Times for a two-year term ending in June 2005.
As the No. 2 person in The Journal news department, Calame's responsibilities included paper-wide quality control, maintaining and monitoring reporting and ethical standards, and taking charge of the paper in the absence of the managing editor. As the reader's representative at The Times, his responsibilities included making sure their concerns were heard and publicly assessing the paper's journalistic integrity.
In 2002, he was honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) with its Distinguished Achievement Award. The award cited "his dedication to business journalism and his exemplary performance on September 11, 2001" at The Journal. He served as president of the 3,200-member national organization of business journalists during 2000-2001. In June 2005, he received the Elliott V. Bell Award from the New York Financial Writers Association for "a significant long-term contribution to the profession of financial journalism."
Calame is the recipient of a 1996 Faculty-Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. He was the Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of Missouri in 1997. In 2004, he became the 55th recipient of the Beta Theta Pi national fraternity's Oxford Cup award for "distinguished service and accomplishments in his chosen field." In 1996, he was a participant in the Bill Moyers television series, "Genesis, A Living Conversation."