The Lead: David McCraw On Law And Liberty

In the fall of 2019, I had the pleasure of interviewing David McCraw, the current vice president and deputy general counsel for The New York Times. He was on campus as the 2019 McGill Lecturer, and I was able to chat with him between his lecture and running to the airport. 

It was fascinating to discuss what his job entails because his job description — defending press freedom at one of the largest newspaper brands in the world — is a pretty big thing to uphold day in and day out. We also discuss his book he released last year, which addresses the current and urgent challenges our industry faces. 

Not going to lie, it was pretty intimidating sitting down to chat with him. But his calm presence immediately put me at ease. He is very approachable, and I was so gracious for that during our short time together. 

Give it a listen: 


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