Linda Fairstein — lawyer, former prosecutor, and internationally best-selling crime novelist — is one of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. For three decades, from 1972 until 2002, she served in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was chief of the country’s pioneering Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for twenty-six years.
Fairstein is an honors graduate of Vassar College (1969) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1972). In 1998, Fairstein’s law school classmates established a scholarship fund in her honor at their alma mater. The Fairstein Public Service Scholarship supports law school students interested in pursuing careers in the public sector. She has received numerous awards for her legal work and advocacy, and in many instances, was the first woman to be so honored. These include the Federal Bar Council’s Emory Buckner Award for Public Service and the UJA Federation’s Proskauer Award. For her pioneering work on behalf of victims of violence, she has received Columbia University’s School of Medicine and School of Nursing Award for Excellence; the Anti-Violence Project “Courage” Award; Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year Award; the American Heart Association Women of Courage award, and scores of similar honors. In 2010, Fairstein was awarded the New York Women’s Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award for her domestic violence work, and the Silver Bullet Award of the International Thriller Writers. Ms. Fairstein is the author of an internationally best-selling series of crime novels (translated into more than a dozen languages) which feature Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. The fourteenth in the series — NIGHT WATCH — debuted in July 2012 and was an instant New York Times bestseller.
She is also the author of a non-fiction work, "Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape" (1993), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is a regular contributor on criminal justice issues to magazines, journals, and on-line publications like The Daily Beast, and for the major television networks and cable news shows.
Ms. Fairstein is a Senior Advisor to KROLL ADVISORY SOLUTIONS, the global leader in risk mitigation and response, specializing in academic institutions with sexual assault prevention, response and crisis management. Ms. Fairstein is a trustee of Vassar College, and serves on the boards of Safe Horizon, God’s Love We Deliver, and the Joyful Heart Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the International Society of Barristers.
Robert W. Pittman is Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel, a leading global media, digital and entertainment company. He is also a founding member of Pilot Group, LLC, a New York private investment firm. Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV and has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate, and Time Warner Enterprises.
He was also COO of America Online, Inc. and later of AOL Time Warner. Pittman is the former chairman of the Robin Hood Foundation and the Public Theater of New York, and still serves on those boards in addition to New York City Ballet, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Alliance for Lupus Research. Among many honors, Pittman has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and received the International Radio and Television Society’s Gold Medal and a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award. He was recognized in Life’s “Five Original Thinkers of the ’80s”, Advertising Age’s “50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV” and “10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture.”
Mr. Pittman began his career at age 15 as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi.