It was a veritable who’s who of public figures and newspaper titans Wednesday night at the Harvard Club in Manhattan as Seth Lipsky — formidable Wall Street Journal writer and editor, and founder and editor of the New York Sun and the English edition of the Forward newspaper — was presented with the 2010 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award.
The high honors were bestowed by Kenneth Bialkin, chairman emeritus of the American Jewish Historical Society, who presented Lipsky with the award. Peter Kann, Pulitzer Prize winner and Wall Street Journal alum, served as master of ceremonies, and introduced speakers including Roger Hertog, Michael Steinhardt and Tom Tisch (who were among the Sun’s owners); Philip Gourevitch, former editor of the Paris Review and writer for The New Yorker; and Paul Gigot, an editor at the Journal. Amity Shlaes, Lipsky’s wife, also spoke.
Guests and event committee members included journalist and editor Sir Harold Evans; Tina Brown, founder and editor of the Daily Beast website; Schools Chancellor Joel Klein; publishers Donald Graham, Rupert Murdoch, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Mortimer Zuckerman; Mayor Koch; Elie Weisel; Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the Forward’s own society columnist, Masha Leon.