Barrett Seaman spent 30 years as a correspondent and editor for Time Magazine before taking early retirement in 2001 and turning his journalist’s eye towards contemporary American college life. His book, Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) is the product of two years of reporting on twelve different college and university campuses and offers an unvarnished but balanced view of how students at some of the country’s best institutions conduct their daily lives.
In 2008, Seaman was presented with the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) 2008 Journalism Award for Binge’s contribution to the field of alcohol research.
Seaman’s journalistic experience includes stints in five Time bureaus in the U.S. and abroad, including four years as senior White House correspondent during Ronald Reagan’s second term. As bureau chief in Detroit (1978-81) he co-authored, with colleague Michael Moritz, “Going For Broke: The Chrysler Story,” about Lee Iacocca’s efforts to save the giant automaker from bankruptcy.
In his last seven years at Time, Seaman served as special projects editor, producing most of the magazine’s single-topic issues, ranging from multiculturalism (“The New Face of America” 1993) and the emerging Internet (“Welcome to Cyberspace” 1995) to three special issues on advances in medicine. In addition to these and other Time reports, he managed the launch of a joint Time/The Princeton Review college guide entitled “The Best College for You.”
A native of Oyster Bay, New York, Seaman is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Hamilton College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has served as a trustee of Hamilton since 1989 and chaired the board’s Student Affairs Committee.
He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Choose Responsibility, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the climate in which young Americans are exposed to alcohol and which specifically calls for a reassessment of the federally-mandated minimum 21-year-old drinking age. In July 2010, he succeeded Dr. John McCardell as president of the organization.