Niemans in the News

  1. Remembering Murrey Marder, Washington Post reporter and Nieman Watchdog founder - March 12

    Longtime Washington Post reporter and Nieman Watchdog Project founder Murrey Marder died on March 11 at the age of 93. A tireless crusader for watchdog and accountability journalism, he retired as a diplomatic correspondent for the Post in 1985 after reporting there for nearly four decades. During his long and storied career, he covered topics ranging from the Alger Hiss trial the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and was perhaps best known for challenging Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist investigations in the 1950’s. In 1957, he opened the Post's London bureau, the first of the Washington Post Foreign Service. Marder was a Nieman Fellow in the class of 1950 and used his life savings to fund the Nieman Watchdog Project at Harvard.

    Learn more about Marder’s legacy to journalism »

  2. Dorothy Parvaz, receives McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage - March 8

    Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a 2009 Nieman Fellow who was jailed and interrogated for several weeks in 2011 while attempting to cover the civil war in Syria, will receive the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. A reporter for Al Jazeera’s English channel in Qatar, she was detained and jailed when she entered Syria in April 2011. Authorities there held for three days then deported to Iran, where she was held and interrogated for more than two weeks before being sent back to Qatar.

    She will receive the medal from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its McGill Program in Journalistic Courage in the fall. Learn more »

  3. Robert A. Caro wins National Book Critics Circle Award - March 6

    Robert A. Caro, NF ’66, has won a National Book Critics Circle Award for The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson the fourth installment of his widely acclaimed biography of the 36th president of the United States. Earlier volumes of Caro’s biography of Johnson have won top literary and journalism awards including two Pulitzer Prizes, two previous National Book Critics Circle Awards, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the National Book Award. Lean more »

  4. Beth Macy wins SABEW Award - February 26

    Beth Macy, NF ’10, has won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for her three-part Roanoke Times series Picking Up the Pieces. Her reports examine how globalization has ravaged manufacturing in parts of Virginia and what communities are doing to try to recover. In the town of Martinsville alone, unemployment is estimated to be as high as 35 percent. Learn more »

  5. Three Nieman Fellows win George Polk Awards - February 20

    Three Nieman alumni have won George Polk Awards in Journalism for their work in 2012:

    • As a Sky News correspondent reporting for CBS News, Holly Williams, NF ’08, and cameraman Andrew Portch won the Polk Award for Television News Reporting for their coverage of Chinese human rights campaigner Chen Guangcheng.
    • Hannah Allam, NF ’09, a member of the team of McClatchy Newspapers correspondents covering the civil war in Syria, shares the George Polk Award for War Reporting for the series “Inside Syria.”
    • Frontline producer Michael Kirk, NF ’80, and correspondent Martin Smith won the Polk Award for Documentary Television Reporting for “Money, Power and Wall Street,” a four-part investigation into the global financial crisis.
    The Polk Awards will be presented in New York on April 11, 2013. This year’s George Polk Seminar, “A Revolution Betrayed: Covering Corruption and Human Rights in China,” will feature Holly Williams and David Barboza of The New York Times. Learn more »

  6. Values and Voting Systems - February 20

    Souad Mekhennet, NF ’13, reports on the state of reform in Bahrain two years after the Arab Spring: “Western politicians, the public, and political organizations were quick to take the side of those who went on the street and protested. Some of them genuinely wanted democracy, but many were actually protesting against corruption or for more rights and resources. And, anyway, not everyone who claimed to be protesting for democracy was talking about rights and values but about voting systems.” Read more »

  7. Peter Wolodarski, NF ’09, to lead Dagens Nyheter - February 19

    Peter Wolodarski, NF ’09, has been named as the new editor-in-chief of Sweden’s largest morning newspaper, Dagens Nyheter (DN). He will assume his new role on March 1. Wolodarski has been working as the paper’s editorial page editor. He will continue to write a Sunday column for DN. Learn more »

  8. Andrew Quinn, NF ’08, Joins Aspen Institute - February 5

    Andrew Quinn, a 2008 Nieman Global Health Reporting Fellow, has joined The Aspen Institute as director of the New Voices Fellowship. A project of Aspen Global Health and Development in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the fellowship prepares 12 people each year to communicate effectively about global development challenges across all media platforms. Before starting his new position, Quinn spent more than two decades reporting for Reuters, covering Asia, Africa and the U.S. State Department with a focus on health, development and foreign assistance. Learn more »

  9. A witness to nation-building in South Sudan - February 5

    French documentary filmmakers Florence Martin-Kessler, NF ’11, and Anne Poiret have spent the last few years chronicling South Sudan’s rocky road to independence and the many challenges along the way. Catch a sneak preview of their feature-length documentary “State Builders” in the New York Times Op-Doc section and learn “How to Build a Country From Scratch.” State Builders will air later this year on the European cultural television channel ARTE. Learn more »

  10. Nieman Fellows shine a light on the gates of Harvard - January 29

    Giving back to the Harvard community they call home this academic year, three Nieman Fellows recently offered a January Term course on Harvard's historic gates. Leading a class of curious students, they explored the history of the gates from three distinct perspectives: arts journalism, writing and photography.

    “Rate the Gates” was taught by Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, along with Africa-based Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly and Jeneen Interlandi, a health and science journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American and Newsweek.

    Read more in The Harvard Gazette »

    Read student stories about the gates »

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