John R. (Rick) MacArthur '74 (2014)
After graduating from North Shore in 1974, Rick attended Columbia University and graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in history. He began his career as a reporter and continues to be a writer while running Harper's Magazine, publishing books and advocating for press freedom and human rights.
Rick is president and publisher of Harper's, the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in America. He is also an award-winning journalist and author. He initiated the foundation-sponsored rescue of Harper's Magazine in 1980. Under his stewardship Harper's has received numerous awards, including 17 National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest recognition. Before joining the magazine in 1983, he was an assistant foreign editor at United Press International and a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, Bergen Record, Washington Star, and Wall Street Journal. In 1993 he received the Mencken Award for best editorial/op-ed column for his New York Times exposure of Nayirah al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador's daughter who helped fake the Iraqi baby-incubator atrocity in the propaganda run-up to the first Gulf War.
In 2008, Rick published his third book, You Can't Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. His two monthly columns, covering a broad range of topics from politics to culture, appear in the Providence Journal and, in French, in Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper. Those writings were collected in a book, L'Illusion Obama, that was published in France and in Quebec in 2012.
Rick founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Death Penalty Information Center and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center. Along with members of his family, he founded Article 19, the International Center on Censorship, based in London, and in 1989 he initiated and helped organize the PEN/Article 19/Author's Guild rally for Salman Rushdie. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Author's Guild, and he is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.
His impressive career and his service to defend the liberties of others exemplifies the School motto "Live and Serve." North Shore County Day School proudly presents the 2014 Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition to Rick MacArthur.
Presented October 11, 2014 by David Hines '81
Alumni Board President, North Shore Country Day School