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Cokie Roberts, Lesley Stahl, Sue Ann Weinberg to be Honored at the New-York Historical Society’s Annual Strawberry Festival

May 20 Luncheon Honors History-Making Women’s Contributions to Public Life and Service

New York, NY, April 23, 2015 – Broadcast journalists Cokie Roberts and Lesley Stahl will be honored alongside esteemed educator-philanthropist Sue Ann Weinberg at the 2015 Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon. Ms. Roberts and Ms. Stahl will be recognized for their contributions to public life, while Dr. Weinberg will be honored for her distinguished service. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 20 at 11:30 am at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street.

“Cokie Roberts and Lesley Stahl have reported from the frontlines of history. On battlefields and inside halls of power, these two journalists have each channeled their incomparable insight to improve the public’s understanding of today’s world,” says Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “Behind the scenes, Sue Ann Weinberg has persistently and studiously championed education in New York. As our trustee, Dr. Weinberg helped transform the New-York Historical Society from a stately museum and historical archive into a dynamic education center for the 21st century, which now serves over 200,000 schoolchildren annually.”

Ms. Roberts, Ms. Stahl, and Dr. Weinberg join a list of outstanding women who have been honored at the Strawberry Festival. Past honorees include Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mika Brzezinski, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Lesley Stahl, Christine Quinn, and Wendy Wasserstein. Ms. Stahl was previously honored at the New-York Historical Society’s 2004 Strawberry Festival.

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio. Ms. Roberts has won countless awards, including three Emmys, been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. She holds more than 25 honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several nonprofit institutions, and was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. Ms. Roberts is also a New York Times bestselling author, and has written extensively on women’s roles and relationships throughout American history. Her most recent book is Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848–1868 (Harper Collins, 2015).

Lesley Stahl has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since 1991. Ms. Stahl received her first Emmy for her CBS Evening News report on a Beirut bombing, and won her second statuette for her Face the Nation interview with Senator John Tower. Her 60 Minutes reports, “How He Won the War,” “Punishing Saddam,” and interview of ex-Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn also won Emmys. In addition to countless other honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Stahl penned the book Reporting Live, which recalls her 20 years of experience covering Washington.

An esteemed board member of the New-York Historical Society, Sue Ann Weinberg also serves on the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library, the New York City Ballet, Columbia Teachers College and the Bruce Museum. She is a member of the National Board of Young Audiences, the New York Weill Cornell Council, the Circle of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Executive Committee of the Lying-In Hospital at The New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Weinberg also serves as a member of the Board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Dr. Weinberg received an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1997.

The first recorded gathering of the New-York Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival was on June 15, 1856, in Washington Square Park, where guests enjoyed a stimulating lecture and a strawberry feast. Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival support the major exhibitions and education programs of the New-York Historical Society. Strawberry Festival tickets range from $500 to $1,000; Co-Chair tables with premiere seating for ten guests are $25,000. For tickets or more information, please call Barbi Zakin at (212) 744-0799 or e-mail barbizakinevents@gmail.com. Media RSVP is required.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
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