Niemans in the News

  1. Award-winning Alabama author Wayne Greenhaw dies - June 2

    Alabama author and prize-winning journalist Wayne Greenhaw, a 1973 Nieman Fellow, died May 30 following complications from open-heart surgery. Mr. Greenhaw wrote 22 books. His latest, "Fighting the Devil in Dixie," deals with civil rights activists confronting the Ku Klux Klan from the 1950s through the mid-1980s and was published in early January. He was 72.

  2. Dorothy Parvaz, NF ’09, comments on time in captivity - May 18

    Al Jazeera reporter Dorothy Parvaz, NF '09, who had been detajned in Syria and Iran for almost three weeks was released on May 18 and is now safe at home in Qatar. She has been in touch with her Nieman colleagues to say she is well and to thank all who worked for her release.

    Watch an interview with Parvaz on Al Jazeera and read a personal account of her experience, including chilling details about Syria's secret prisons.
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  3. Dorothy Parvaz, NF 09, reportedly detained in Iran - May 11

    Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, NF ’09, who has been missing since the end of April, is reportedly now in Iranian custody. Parvaz was detained by Syrian officials in Damascus on April 29 while on assignment for her employer, Al Jazeera. She has not been heard from since. Syria issued a statement saying Parvaz was deported to Iran on May 1, but Iranian officials have not yet confirmed that report. Parvaz is a citizen of Iran, Canada and the United States.
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  4. James H. McCartney dies at 85 - May 6

    James H. McCartney, an award-winning Washington correspondent and columnist who specialized in foreign affairs and defense policy for the Knight Ridder newspaper chain, died Friday, May 6, at the age of 85. In 33 years as a Washington journalist, McCartney wrote extensively about nuclear weapons policy, the Israeli-Arab conflict and the Vietnam War, among other issues. He was a 1964 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

  5. Dorothy Parvaz, NF ’09, detained in Syria - May 2

    Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a 2009 Nieman Fellow who works for Al Jazeera, has been detained in Syria. No one has heard from her since she landed in Damascus on a flight from Doha, Qatar, on Friday, April 29, but Syrian officials have informed Al Jazeera that they are holding her.

    A spokesman for the news organization said: “We are concerned for Dorothy’s safety and wellbeing. We are requesting full cooperation from the Syrian authorities to determine how she was processed at the airport and what her current location is. We want her returned to us immediately.”

  6. Alma Guillermoprieto honored with Overseas Press Club Award - April 28

    Alma Guillermoprieto, a 2005 Nieman Fellow, and Shaul Schwartz were among the recipients of the 72nd Overseas Press Club Awards. The pair earned the Ed Cunningham Award for Print Journalism for their National Geographic piece “Troubled Spirits.” Learn more »

  7. Joe Latakgomo appointed the new Public Editor for Avusa Media - April 27

    Joe Latakgomo, one of South Africa’s most respected journalists, has been appointed the new Public Editor for Avusa Media, acting as the readers’ representative for the group’s newspaper titles. Latakgomo, a 1991 Nieman Fellow, takes the reins from Thabo Leshilo, a 2009 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

  8. Joe Thloloe receives honorary doctorate in law - April 22

    Joe Thloloe, NF '89 and chair of this year's South Africa Nieman selection committee, has received an honorary doctorate in law from Rhodes University. He was recognized as "a long-standing anti-apartheid activist who endured much for his involvement in the cause and a public intellectual for whom ethical concerns are uppermost." Thloloe currently serves as the South African press ombudsman.

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    Read Thloloe's full graduation speech and the citation »

  9. Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing: Amy Ellis Nutt - April 18

    Only one of seven crew members survived the sudden sinking of the Lady Mary, a scallop boat, in March 2009. Reporter Amy Ellis Nutt, NF ’05, spent seven months unraveling clues, and in November 2010, her five-part series, “The Wreck of the Lady Mary,” appeared on the front page of the Star-Ledger and on its website, where it featured photographs and video by her colleague Andre Malok. Nutt was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Current Nieman Fellow Tony Bartelme, projects reporter with The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, was a finalist in this category, as was the Chicago Tribune’s Mary Schmich, NF ’96, for commentary. See the full list of winners »

  10. Kevin Cullen Among Winners of DART Awards - April 18

    Kevin Cullen, a 2003 Nieman Fellow, was part of The Boston Globe team that won a Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Established in 1995, the annual Dart Awards recognize outstanding reporting that portrays traumatic events with accuracy, insight and sensitivity while illustrating the effects of trauma on victims’ lives and the process of recovery from emotional trauma.

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