Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, became a columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after serving as a correspondent in the Washington bureau since 1986.
Raised by a single mom on the West Side of Chicago, Townsend transcended his environment to become an actor, writer, director, comedian, producer and ultimately, the President and CEO of the Black Family Channel.
Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since '69, and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. His presentations peel away the instances in his life that inspired these characters.
Known for his role on M*A*S*H, Mike Farrell is dedicated to protecting human rights. A spokesperson for CONCERN/America, he speaks about overlooked topics as arms control, veterans’ rights, prison reform and more.
Called “the Mark Twain of contemporary children’s music” by Entertainment Weekly, Bill Harley is one of the best storytellers by bringing commonality and humanity through comic songs and confessional spoken works.
Named "the best interviewer in the business" by Sports Illustrated, Roy Firestone is the former host of ESPN's Up Close Prime Time. Firestone is recognized for his gifts as a journalist, commentator and performer.