The Princeton Alumni Weekly — known as PAW — keeps Princeton alumni connected to each other and to their university. We’re part of Princeton, which means we have a first-hand view of University news. Yet we’re also editorially independent, so we can report that news with objectivity. Online and in print, we offer timely news and analysis, thoughtful interviews and essays, insightful coverage of Princeton sports and arts, in-depth profiles of undergraduate and graduate alumni, and a lively letters section. With each new issue, more than 80 classes of Princeton graduates stay in touch through password-protected Class Notes that incorporate dozens of photos. Alumni memorials are written by classmates specifically for PAW.
Founded in 1900, the magazine once was published weekly and now comes out 14 times each year, more than any other alumni magazine in the world. Online stories and multimedia features provide additional content for readers. PAW also publishes an annual guide to one of Princeton’s greatest traditions, Reunions.
Who is on the PAW staff?
Marilyn Marks *86
The leader of the PAW team since late 2002, Marilyn is responsible for the content of the print magazine and PAW Online. She worked for more than 15 years as a reporter at daily newspapers including The St. Petersburg Times, The Jerusalem Post, and The Miami Herald, on beats that ranged from economics to education. She was Princeton’s media-relations director for two years. Marilyn has an MPA degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
W. Raymond Ollwerther ’71
Ray has been managing editor of PAW since 2005. He was a writer and editor for The Daily Princetonian for four years, then received a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Returning to his hometown newspaper in central New Jersey, he worked for 30 years at the Asbury Park Press. During his 14 years as executive editor, the paper won its first Pulitzer Prize. Ray has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror and as a member of The Daily Princetonian’s board of trustees.
Digital Editor, Sports Editor
Brett manages the content of PAW Online and edits the magazine’s sports pages. Before joining PAW in 2003, he covered news and sports for The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) and its affiliated Chronicle publications. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Carrie edits the Life of the Mind and the Princetonian sections of PAW. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she also has a master’s in journalism from Temple University. Prior to joining PAW in 2016, Carrie was the editor of a weekly newspaper in Montgomery County, Pa., and managing editor of the Swarthmore College Alumni Bulletin.
Mark F. Bernstein ’83
Mark, PAW’s senior writer, has written for the magazine since 2003. A former lawyer and cartoonist, he is also the author of four books on politics and sports, as well as a documentary film on Ivy League football.
Class Notes and Memorials Editor
Nicholas edits PAW’s Class Notes and Memorials, as well as the From the Archives segment. He joined PAW in July 2016. He has a magazine background editing, writing, and freelancing for such magazines as Home Office Computing and Black Enterprise. He also has a background in education, teaching middle- and high-school students before returning back to his love of publishing. Nicholas is a graduate of Rider University.
As PAW’s art director and a longtime lover of magazine design, Marianne sees herself as a visual storyteller, bringing the printed words to life with interesting and relevant photos, illustrations, and graphics. “PAW’s articles have introduced me to the most amazing Princeton alumni and professors, near and far. And in this digital age, I get to work with extremely talented photographers and illustrators from around the world — all for a first-class university. Not too shabby!”
Nancy MacMillan p’97
Nancy joined PAW in 1990 to transition PAW from ownership by the Princeton University Press to an independent corporate structure, and later to a department of the University. She is responsible for all of the accounting and business functions of PAW. Previously Nancy had been controller of a publishing company and a management consultant. She holds a BA from Connecticut College, and also has an MA in economics and an MBA in finance.
Colleen joined the PAW team as advertising director in 2007. Prior to working at the University, she worked in marketing and sales management in the pharmaceutical industry for Ortho-McNeil and Roerig-Pfizer, and at a small advertising agency. She has an MBA in finance from Drexel University.
What is PAW’s mission?
As described in our charter, PAW’s purposes are: “(1) to arouse, foster and maintain interest in, and disseminate information concerning, the University; (2) to record news of the alumni and to review without partiality the achievements and problems of the administration, faculty and student body of the University; (3) to convey as complete, fair and accurate an understanding of the University and its alumni as possible; (4) to strive for standards of excellence befitting the University and the alumni body and to change over time in ways that reflect changes in the University and in the interests of the alumni; (5) to provide alumni with a continued sense of belonging to the University and with opportunities to communicate with each other; and (6) to advance the long-term best interests of the University and the alumni.” The charter also states that PAW’s content should evoke memories of Princeton past, convey an understanding of Princeton today, and foster “thoughtful consideration of the many challenges facing Princeton and Princetonians in the future.”
Who receives PAW?
PAW has a circulation of more than 72,000. All undergraduate alumni receive the magazine, as do all dues-paying members of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA). (Graduate alumni who are not dues-paying APGA members receive five issues each year, courtesy of the Alumni Council and the APGA.) In addition, Princeton University faculty members and professional staff receive PAW. Other interested readers may subscribe by emailing the publisher and business manager, Nancy MacMillan, at email@example.com; regular domestic subscriptions cost $22 per year ($26 outside the United States).
What is PAW’s relationship with Princeton University?
Since 2000, PAW has been a department of Princeton University. However, because PAW’s charter guarantees its editorial independence, the University does not determine what topics should be covered in PAW or how PAW should cover them. These decisions are made by the editors.
The University provides about one-third of PAW’s budget. As part of that agreement, PAW publishes the “President’s Page” in each issue. This page is written and prepared by the president’s office, not by the PAW staff.
How is PAW funded?
PAW receives funding from three major sources: about one-third from advertising, one-third from class dues, and one-third from the University.
Who is on PAW’s advisory board, and what is its role?
PAW’s board provides editorial guidance and broad oversight for the magazine. Each year, it adopts PAW’s budget. The board also helps to ensure that PAW remains editorially independent.
There are 11 voting members on the board. Three must be alumni with professional experience in the editorial side of journalism; two must be alumni with professional experience in publishing; one must be a graduate alum with professional experience in publishing or on the editorial side of journalism; and one must be a member of the faculty. There are four ex officio members: the vice chair of the Alumni Council; the chair of the Alumni Council Committee on Class Affairs; Princeton’s vice president for public affairs; and the director of the Alumni Council. In addition, a non-voting representative from a recent class provides a special voice for young alumni.
Current board members are:
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall ’89, Chair
Marc Fisher ’80, Vice Chair
James Blue ’91
Nancy Cordes *99
Alexandra Day ’02
Daniel R. Fuchs ’91
Richard J. Holland ’96
Adam E. Lichtenstein ’95 *10
Andrew Madden ’92
Allie Weiss ’13, Young-alumni representative