August 31, 2021 Courtney Napier

The American Dream

The Common Good Podcast is a conversation about the significance of place, eliminating economic isolation and the structure of belonging. The following is a conversation between journalism heavyweights, Robin Young and Shirley Leung, about the role and responsibility of news media in community building.

Since it’s founding over 30 years ago, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts’s mission has been to create local, green, and fair economies. Every year SBN hosts an annual conference to promote this mission and on June 4th, with the help of the Common Good Collective, our 31st Annual Conference was held virtually. The goal of the conference was to inspire collaborative action which will contribute to developing an economy that is local, green, and fair. This episode is an interview from the conference between Robin Young and Shirley Leung.

Shirley Leung is a columnist and associate editor at the Boston Globe. She has written on everything from the intersection of business and politics to gender and diversity issues in the workplace. She has been a three-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary. In 2018, Boston Magazine named her to its list of the “100 Most Influential People in Boston.” Shirley is also a contributor to WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio” and “Greater Boston,” as well as a regular guest on New England Cable News. Previously, Shirley served as the Globe’s interim editorial page editor. She also has been the Globe’s business editor, where she oversaw its award-winning coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to the Globe, Shirley was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Princeton University, she started her career at her hometown paper, The Baltimore Sun.

Robin Young is the award-winning host of Here & Now. Under her leadership, Here & Now has established itself as public radio’s indispensable midday news magazine: hard-hitting, up-to-the-moment and always culturally relevant. A Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Robin has been a correspondent for ABC, NBC, CBS, and the Discovery Channel. She is a former guest host of The Today Show on NBC, and one of the first hosts on Boston’s ground-breaking television show, Evening Magazine. Robin has received five Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as two CableACE Awards, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award, and numerous regional Edward R. Murrow awards. A native of Long Island, Robin holds a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. She has lived and worked in Manhattan, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, but considers Boston her hub. Follow Robin on Twitter, @hereandnowrobin and like the show, Here & Now on Facebook.

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