Niemans in the News

  1. 2014
  2. NPR’s Margot Adler, NF ’82: Building Community with Kindness - July 28

    Left to right – Margot Adler with her NPR colleagues Howard Berkes, Marilyn Geewax, Sylvia Poggioli, Walter Watson and Jonathan Blakley at the Nieman Foundation’s 75th anniversary reunion in September 2013.
    Marilyn Geewax, senior business editor for NPR and NF ’95, remembers her colleague Margot Adler.

    Margot Adler, 68, died Monday after a long struggle with cancer. She spent her last morning in her childhood home, facing Central Park, surrounded by friends and family. She leaves behind her 23 year old son Alex Gliedman-Adler.

    Margot had been an NPR reporter in New York since 1979. She was a beloved figure at the network.

    Over the years, lots of NPR journalists have been Nieman Fellows. But our Founding Mother was Margot. She was a Nieman in 1982 – a time when the great majority of fellows were drawn from newspapers or television, not radio. And of course at the time, relatively few female reporters were working at the top levels of national news outlets. Read more »

  3. William Worthy, trailblazing reporter who interviewed world leaders, dies at 92 - May 7

    William Worthy, NF ’57, who fought with the U.S. government over reporting trips to China, Cuba and Iran, died on May 4 at the age of 92.

    It was during his Nieman Fellowship that Worthy, a reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American and correspondent for CBS News, first defied the U.S. State Department’s travel restrictions by flying to China during winter break to report for CBS. Because the government refused to renew Worthy’s passport after the trip, he traveled to Cuba without one in 1964. On his return he was convicted of entering the country illegally. He successfully appealed, and a federal court declared the law unconstitutional. His case inspired folk singer Phil Ochs to record “The Ballad of William Worthy” in 1964.

    During his long career he interviewed leaders including Nikita Khrushchev, Chou En-lai and Fidel Castro; wrote about the civil rights movement and race in America; and reported on the anti-Vietnam War movement, among other topics.

    Read more about William Worthy, including his past work in Nieman Reports »

  4. Harvard notables elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences - April 23

    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, has announced the election of 204 new members, including Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski, NF ’90, and a number of others in the Harvard community. Among those chosen are Harvard professors Jill Lepore, a noted historian and writer for The New Yorker, and Raj Chetty, one of the world’s foremost economists, both popular Nieman seminar speakers.

    The 2014 class — which also includes journalist and author Annie Proulx, novelist and screenwriter John Irving, director and actor Al Pacino and sociologist Sherry Turkle — will be inducted at a ceremony on October 11 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Members of the Academy are some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, writers, scientists, artists and civic and business leaders.

    Learn more about the new members »

  5. IWMF announces photojournalism award to honor Anja Niedringhaus, NF ’07 - April 16

    The International Women’s Media Foundation has announced the creation of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honoring the courage and dedication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer and 2007 Nieman Fellow who was shot and killed while covering the run-up to elections in Afghanistan on April 4.

    Established with a $1 million endowment gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work follows in Anja’s footsteps.

    Niedringhaus won the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2005. Her Nieman Fellowship was funded by Howard Buffett, a photographer himself, who commented, “I considered Anja a friend who represented the best of photojournalism. By creating this award, we ensure her spirit lives on. Anja’s voice may be silenced but our hope is that other voices who share her commitment become louder.”

  6. Niemans on Boston Globe team that wins Pulitzer for breaking news coverage - April 15

    The staff of The Boston Globe, including several Nieman Fellows, has won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Reporter David Abel, NF ’13, and columnist Kevin Cullen, NF ’03, were among those who covered the bombings and their aftermath. The Globe’s managing editor for news, Christine Chinlund, NF ’98, played a key role in organizing coverage, assisted by Stephen Smith, NF ’00, city editor. David Dahl, NF ’03, was regional editor and Mark Pothier, NF ’01, was deputy business editor at the time.

    The Pulitzer board recognized The Globe’s reporting “for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy.” The Pulitzer was announced just one day before the first anniversary of the marathon bombings.

    As a Globe columnist, Cullen, at left, was also named a Pulitzer finalist for commentary for his “street-wise local columns that capture the spirit of a city, especially after its famed Marathon was devastated by terrorist bombings.”

  7. Souad Mekhennet, NF ’13, named Young Global Leader - March 11

    Souad Mekhennet, a 2013 Nieman Fellow, has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Mekhennet is a German journalist, author, and associate at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard and at the School for Advanced and International Studied at Johns Hopkins University. She writes for The Daily Beast  and is co-author with Nicholas Kulish of The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim, which will be released on March 25.

    A total of 214 men and women from 66 countries have been chosen for the Global Leaders honor, which recognizes leadership and service to society.

    Learn more »

    Read Mekhennet’s “What I've learned as a female war reporter” »

  8. Edward Walsh, former Washington Post and Oregonian reporter, dies at 71 - February 18

    Edward Walsh, who covered politics for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, died on Feb. 14 at the age of 71. A Nieman Fellow in the class of 1982, Walsh began his career covering Maryland politics for The Post in 1971. He later served as White House correspondent during the Carter administration and as Jerusalem bureau chief from 1982 to 1985. After returning from Israel, he reported on every presidential election until he left The Post in 2004. Walsh then took a job as a political reporter at The Oregonian, where he worked until he retired in 2009. Learn more »

  9. 2013 Nieman Fellows receive Knight grants for new projects - January 22

    Five members of the Nieman class of 2013 have received funding through the Knight Prototype Fund to develop two innovative media projects

    The first, Keepr, is an open source data-mining tool designed by 2013 Visiting Fellow Hong Qu to help journalists find credible information and news sources when tracking breaking news stories on Twitter.

    Hong, who came to Harvard to develop plans for the app last spring, wrote two related pieces for Nieman Reports during the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects including Twitter, Credibility and The Watertown Manhunt and Social Media and the Boston Bombings. Keepr was put to the test at that time as Hong used it to identify reliable information as events unfolded. On campus, he worked on perfecting an algorithm that can filter thousands of tweets to automatically distill meaningful signals out of noisy chatter.

    The second Knight-funded project is !nstant, a mobile app designed to verify and provide context to breaking news to provide a more accurate picture of news stories as they are reported on social media. 2013 Nieman Fellows Ludovic Blecher, Borja Echevarría de la Gándara, Alexandra Garcia and Paula Molina developed the idea in Ethan Zuckerman’s “News and Participatory Media” class at MIT. Their user experience prototype showed what live reporting would have looked like during the sinking of the Titanic.

    Learn more

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  11. Update: Paul Salopek, NF ’12, and his trek across the globe - November 27

    2012 Nieman Visiting Fellow Paul Salopek and his epic 21,000-mile walk around the world are the focus of National Geographic’s December 2013 cover story. In To Walk the World, the first in a series, Salopek writes “Walking is falling forward. Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked. In this way, to walk becomes an act of faith. We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle—an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go. For the next seven years I will plummet across the world.”

    During his “Out of Eden” journey, Salopek is traveling from Ethiopia to Tierra del Fuego by foot, tracing the ancient paths of human migration and telling the stories of the world along the way.

  12. David Skok, NF ’12, new digital adviser to Boston Globe editor - November 26

    David Skok, NF ’12 and director of, is joining The Boston Globe as digital adviser to the editor. In a memo sent to staff on Nov. 26, Globe editor Brian McGrory said “David will play a key role in our upcoming push to further define our two brands — as a broader, more ambitious site that better reflects the creative journalism of the Globe, and a redesigned as a sharper, edgier site with a strong news spine.”

    In 2009, Skok helped launch, the online portal for one of Canada’s largest broadcast news companies, and helped it achieve triple-digit annual growth in page views, unique visitors and video views. He has pioneered innovative ways of telling stories, utilizing open data, data visualization, video interactives and social media. Skok was the first Canadian digital journalist to be selected as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He is a frequent commentator on the future of media and journalism.

    Together with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, Skok co-authored the seminal Nieman Reports article “Breaking News: Mastering the art of disruptive innovation in journalism in 2012 »

    Watch Skok and Christensen discuss their work with Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski »

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