The Williams Record

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The Williams Record
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Founded 1887
Headquarters Williamstown, Massachusetts

The Williams Record is the student newspaper of Williams College. It was founded in 1887.[1] News broken by the Record has been reported in other newspapers includingThe Berkshire Eagle,[2][3] the North Adams Transcript,[4] and The New York Times.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Former Record staffers have gone on to careers with major newspapers, and/or in book and magazine publishing. Dan Keating, a 1983 Record editor-in-chief, went on to win a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team at The Washington Post.

About the Record[edit]

The Record is Williams' only independent student-run newspaper, meaning, according to ex-Editor-in-chief Ben Eastburn '15, "that everything you see here was researched, written, photographed, edited, designed, financed and orchestrated by students."[13]

The Record is printed and distributed every Wednesday of the academic school year, besides exam periods and holidays. Writers meetings and editorial meetings are held every Wednesday night and are open to the public.[13]

Positions on the editorial board of the Record begin in January and last for the following spring and fall semesters before turning over. The Lower Board of the Record consists of Section Editors, while the Upper Board consists of Executive Editors as well as their leadership, the Editor-in-chief and the Managing Editor. Additionally, the Record has a Business Board. [14][15]

Sections covered by the Record and led by Section Editors include News, Opinions, Features, Arts, Sports, Photo, and Publicity.

Williams Record editors spend at least about 15 hours a week working on the paper, primarily in the Record offices in Paresky Center. The brunt of these hours comes on Tuesdays, the day before publication. Highlights of the office are its glass-walled boardroom and balcony.[16]


  • 2016: Zoe Harvan, Matthew Borin
  • 2015: Eva Fourakis, Rachel Lee
  • 2014: Ben Eastburn
  • 2013: Megan Bantle, Nicole Smith
  • 2012: Meghan Kiesel
  • 2011: Austin Davis, Matthew Piltch
  • 2010: Yue-Yi Hwa, Kaitlin Butler
  • 2009: Lina Khan
  • 2008: Kevin Waite
  • 2007: Erin Brown
  • 2005: Ainsley O'Connell
  • 2004: Bart Clareman
  • 2003: Mike Needham
  • 2001: Mark Robertson
  • 2000: Ben Katz
  • 1996: Adrienne H. Lu
  • 1995: Joshua B. Resnick
  • 1994: Barbara A. Shreve
  • 1993: Irene D. Gruenfeld
  • 1992: Jeff Merritt
  • 1991: Sallie Han
  • 1990: Robert Weisberg
  • 1985: Martita Weil, John Schafer
  • 1984: John Clayton, Michael Govan
  • 1983: Dan Keating, Jon S. Tigar
  • 1982: Rich Henderson, Steve Spears
  • 1961: Stewart D. Davis
  • 1959: F. Corson Castle, Jr.
  • 1956: G. Ogden Nutting

In popular culture[edit]

In season 2 of popular television show House of Cards, the Record was a major part of a plotline involving the takedown of fictional Secretary of State Michael Kern. In the show, Kern was Editor-in-chief of "The Williams Register," a non-existent paper based on the Record, and an editorial written by the paper under his leadership with a controversial stance on Israel was used against him to remove him from his office.[17][18]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "About the Record". Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Marcisz, Christopher (February 10, 2006). "Williams College reveals identity of donor". The Berkshire Eagle. 
  3. ^ Marcisz, Christopher (March 3, 2005). "College panel recommends switch to 'cluster' housing". The Berkshire Eagle. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Karen (November 12, 2005). "Williams students decry painting as racist, sexist". North Adams Transcript. 
  5. ^ "COLLEGE EDITORS PUNISHED; All the Staff of The Williams Record but Three Sent Home". The New York Times. March 25, 1922. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Named on Williams Record". The New York Times. November 28, 1934. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Will Edit Williams Record". The New York Times. December 19, 1937. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  8. ^ "FRATERNITY DEFIES BAN; Phi Delta Theta at Williams to Pledge Jewish Student". The New York Times. October 13, 1952. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Williams Favors Sunday Chapel". The New York Times. May 7, 1938. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  10. ^ "STUDENTS ARE TOLD OF JOHNSON'S OFFER; Prize for Best Essay on Social Problem Taken Up by College Papers". The New York Times. May 14, 1912. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Barber Fined $50 for Bias After Charging Negro Student at Williams $3 for a Haircut". The New York Times. February 27, 1947. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Williams Studies Its Fraternities; Drive on to Fit Them More Effectively Into the Educational Goals". The New York Times. November 2, 1941. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "A new year at the 'Record'". The Williams Record. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  14. ^ "About the Record". The Williams Record. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  15. ^ "Masthead". The Williams Record. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  16. ^ "Campus Cribs: Home, Sweet 'Record'". The Williams Record. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  17. ^ "Williams garners name recognition in pop culture". The Williams Record. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  18. ^ Haglund, David; Thomas, June (2014-02-13). "Spoiler Special: House of Cards". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-01-07.