Niemans in the News

  1. 2014
  2. Giannina Segnini, NF ’02, wins Cabot Prize - August 14

    Giannina Segnini, a leading investigative journalist and a 2002 Nieman Fellow, has been selected as one of the 2014 winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. The prizes honor outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Until recently, Segnini was editor of the investigative unit at La Nación, Costa Rica's most influential newspaper. Her reporting on corruption and bribery scandals led to the arrest of two former Costa Rican presidents.

    Segnini also pioneered database investigations and has taught investigative skills and computer-assisted reporting to hundreds of journalists. She is currently the James Madison Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School.

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  3. William McIlwain Jr., NF ’58, editor, novelist, dies at 88 - August 11

    William F. McIlwain Jr., NF ’58, a longtime newspaper editor and novelist has died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the age of 88.

    Over the course of a journalism career that spanned 50 years, McIlwain worked as a top editor at a number of papers including Newsday; the Toronto Star; the Boston Herald-American, where he started the paper’s investigative reporting team; the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in Little Rock and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida, among others. He also contributed to Esquire, The Atlantic and Harper’s.

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  4. Cinema vérité pioneer Robert L. Drew, NF ’55, dies at 90 - July 31

    Robert L. Drew, NF ’55, an award-winning innovator in broadcast journalism whose documentaries about John F. Kennedy helped define the cinéma vérité style of filmmaking, died on Wednesday at his home in Connecticut. He was 90.

    Before his Nieman Fellowship in 1954-55, Drew was an editor at Life magazine who had created a number of television documentaries for NBC. With his production company, Drew Associates, he created more than a 100 films and television documentaries during his lifetime.

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  5. 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.

    NPR reporter Margot Adler has died in New York following a long battle with cancer. A member of the Nieman Class of 1982, she was a recognizable voice on NPR’s airwaves for more than three decades, covering stories as wide ranging as the AIDS epidemic, confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan and the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

  6. 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 »

  7. 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.

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  8. 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.”


  9. 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.”


  10. 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.

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

  11. 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 »

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