2009 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism: Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times


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Marci Alboher, a former lawyer, is the Shifting Careers columnist for The New York Times, the author of One Person/Multiple Careers, and an independent writing coach and instructor. Full bio »

Hannah Allam is a Cairo-based Middle East correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers and a 2009 Nieman Fellow. Full bio »

Jon Lee Anderson is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of four books, including The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan and The Fall of Baghdad. Full bio »

Alicia Anstead edits Inside Arts magazine, teaches arts journalism at Harvard Extension School, and is senior contributor to the Bangor (Maine) Daily News. Full bio »

Tina Bennett is a literary agent specializing in narrative nonfiction, memoir, literary fiction, cultural history, idea books, politics and current affairs, and academic crossover titles. Full bio »

Joshua Benton spent 10 years writing for newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News, and is now director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. Full bio »

Sven Birkerts is a reviewer and essayist, edits the literary journal AGNI at Boston University, and is director of the Bennington Writing Seminars in Vermont. Full bio »

Ty Burr is a film critic for The Boston Globe and author of The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together. Full bio »

Katy Butler, a former reporter at The San Francisco Chronicle, is a freelance writer who has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Vogue. Full bio »

Maria Carrillo, the managing editor at The Virginian-Pilot, was the paper’s narrative editor for many years. Full bio »

Sewell Chan is a reporter for The New York Times, where he oversees the local news blog, City Room. Full bio »

Jeff Chang, a 2009 United States Artists Ford Fellow, is the author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of The Hip-Hop Generation. Full bio »

Maureen Corrigan is book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, critic-in-residence and lecturer at Georgetown University, and author of the literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading! Full bio »

Jennifer Crandall is the creator and video journalist for The Washington Post online feature onBeing. Full bio »

June Cross makes documentaries, teaches at The Journalism School at Columbia University, and is the author of the memoir Secret Daughter. Full bio »

Adam Davidson reports on international business and economics for NPR's National Desk, and is editorial director for Planet Money, NPR's multimedia project covering the global economy. Full bio »

Amy Davidson is a senior editor at The New Yorker. Full bio »

Heidi Ewing is co-owner of Loki Films and co-director of the documentaries The Boys of Baraka and Academy Award-nominated Jesus Camp. Full bio »

Scheherezade Faramarzi is a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, currently based in Beirut, Lebanon, and a 2009 Nieman Fellow. Full bio »

Jeffrey Fleishman, the Cairo bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times and a Pultizer Prize finalist, will publish his first novel Promised Virgins: A Novel of Jihad in 2009. Full bio »

Thomas French, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, spent 27 years at The St. Petersburg Times and teaches at Indiana University School of Journalism. Full bio »

Bob Giles worked in newspapers for forty years, is curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, and was a 1966 Nieman Fellow. Full bio »

Larry Habegger, co-founder and executive editor of Travelers’ Tales Books, has been writing about the world for books, magazines, and newspapers since the 1970s. Full bio »

Constance Hale, director of the Nieman Foundation narrative program, is the author of Sin and Syntax, and has written for Wired, Smithsonian, The Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic Adventure. Full bio »

Amy Harmon, who won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize, is a national correspondent for The New York Times, covering the impact of science and technology on American life. Full bio »

Walt Harrington was a staff writer for The Washington Post Magazine for nearly 15 years and is the author of The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family. Full bio »

Richard Koci Hernandez is an award-winning film and multimedia producer who worked as a photographer for The San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. Full bio »

Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books and special projects at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis and author of two regional histories, They Took My Father and Boomtown Landmarks. Full bio »

Adam Hochschild has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation, and is the author of six books, including King Leopold's Ghost. Full bio »

Tom Huang is assistant managing editor for Sunday and Enterprise at The Dallas Morning News. Full bio »

Gwen Ifill is moderator of PBS' Washington Week and author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Full bio »

Jennifer Kahn is contributing editor at Wired magazine, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a feature writer for The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Outside. Full bio »

Jane Kamensky teaches history at Brandeis University and is the author of The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse. Full bio »

Louise Kiernan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is a writer and senior editor at The Chicago Tribune. Full bio »

Andrew Lam is the editor of Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora. Full bio »

Victor Merina, a former Los Angeles Times reporter, is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism as well as senior correspondent and special projects editor for Reznet. Full bio »

Amy O'Leary was a producer for This American Life and host of The Tristan Mysteries before becoming multimedia producer for The New York Times, where she trains reporters and photographers to incorporate sound into stories. Full bio »

Dennis Palumbo — formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter) — is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in creative issues and career transition. Full bio »

Ann Powers is chief pop critic at The Los Angeles Times and the author of the personal history Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America. Full bio »

Sam Quinones, a reporter with The Los Angeles Times, has written narrative journalism from Mexico for 10 years and is the author of two books. Full bio »

Russ Rymer is a lecturer in science writing at MIT and the author of Genie: A Scientific Tragedy and American Beach: A Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory. He and has written for The New Yorker, Harpers, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and The New York Times. Full bio »

Mara Schiavocampo, a pioneer in new media, is the digital correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Full bio »

Connie Schultz, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and author of ...and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man. Full bio »

Julia Flynn Siler is the author of The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty and has written for The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and The New York Times. Full bio »

Mark Simos teaches songwriting at Berklee School of Music and composes “new traditionalist” music. Full bio »

Wendy Strothman is owner of The Strothman Agency, a Boston literary agency, former publisher at Houghton Mifflin Trade Division, and former editor at Beacon Press. Full bio »

Tom Swick, author of the travel memoir Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland and the short-story collection A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler, has written for The American Scholar, The Oxford American, The North American Review, and Ploughshares. Full bio »

Sandy Tolan is associate professor of journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, and author of The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. Full bio »

Tommy Tomlinson is a columnist for The Charlotte Observer and a 2009 Nieman Fellow. Full bio »

Sydney Trent is an award-winning deputy editor at The Washington Post Magazine and a personal essayist. Full bio »

Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and professor of journalism at Emory University, is completing a book on the 20th century migration of African-Americans from the South to the urban North. Full bio »

Wendy Wolf is editorial director for nonfiction at Viking Penguin, and specializes in history, science, biography, politics, current events, and popular culture. Full bio »