Niemans in the News

  1. 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 »

  2. 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 »

  3. 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 »

  4. 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 »

  5. 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 »

  6. 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 »

  7. 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 »

  8. Stanley Karnow, NF ’58, dies at 87 - January 28

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Stanley Karnow, a 1958 Nieman Fellow known for his exhaustive and insightful coverage of Southeast Asia, has died at the age of 87. A 1947 graduate of Harvard University, Karnow began his career as a Paris correspondent for Time magazine in the 1950s, reporting on events in Western Europe and North Africa.

    After his Nieman Fellowship, he worked for a number of news outlets in Southeast Asia, where he gained in-depth knowledge of the region. His 1983 book “Vietnam: A History,” was made into a companion 13-hour PBS documentary that won six Emmy Awards and other honors. Another book, “In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines” won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for history and was the basis for another PBS documentary series. Karnow also wrote “Mao and China: From Revolution to Revolution” in 1972. Learn more »

  9. Shelby Scates, NF ’63, dies at 81 - January 8

    Shelby Scates, a 1963 Nieman Fellow and longtime political reporter and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, died on Jan. 3 at the age of 81. He covered wars and presidential campaigns as well as the ins and outs of Washington state politics. An avid climber, he scaled Mount Rainier nine times, reached the summit of Mt. McKinley and in 1978, covered the first American party to climb K2. Scates was the author of three books and a memoir, “War and Politics by Other Means.”

    A native of Tennessee, he graduated from the University of Washington, served two years in the Army and worked as a merchant seaman. His journalism career included work for International News Service, UPI, The Associated Press and the Seattle Argus before he joined the P-I. Read more »

  10. Larry King, NF ’70, dies at 83 - January 3

    Larry L. King, NF ’70, died on December 20 at the age of 83. A native of Texas and a prolific journalist and author, King was perhaps best known as playwright of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” based on an article he wrote for Playboy magazine. The successful 1978 Tony-nominated Broadway musical, which he co-authored with Peter Masterson, was also made into a film. King’s books included “The One-Eyed Man” about the integration of a southern university; “In Search of Willie Morris: The Mercurial Life of a Legendary Writer and Editor”; and the autobiographical “Confessions of a White Racist,” which was nominated for a National Book Award. Read more »

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