Niemans in the News

  1. 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 »

  2. 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 »

  3. 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 »

  4. 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 »

  5. 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 »

  6. 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 »

  7. 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 »

  8. Raul Peñaranda, NF '08, wins UNCA’s Elizabeth Neuffer Prize - January 3

    Bolivian journalist Raul Peñaranda, NF '08, has received the United Nations Correspondents Association’s 2012 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize (gold) for written media. U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, presented the award at a ceremony in New York City on Dec.19. Peñaranda, editor-in-chief of the daily Página Siete, planned and supervised the award-winning series “Viaje al Corazón de Bolivia” (“Journey to the Heart of Bolivia”), a collection of 25 stories produced by three reporters and three photographers during a six-month, cross-country trip in 2011 that provided a complex portrait of modern-day Bolivia. Read more »

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  10. Deb Amos, NF '92, is recipient of 2013 duPont-Columbia Award - December 19

    Deb Amos, a 1992 Nieman Fellow, is among the 14 winners of the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards. Amos, a correspondent for National Public Radio, and colleague Kelly McEvers will be honored for their outstanding news coverage of the bloody uprising in Syria. The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honor excellence in broadcast and digital journalism and were established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband, Alfred I. duPont. Read more »

  11. James R. Whelan, First Editor of The Washington Times, Dies at 79 - December 5

    James R. Whelan, the founding editor and publisher of The Washington Times, the newspaper established in 1982 by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his South Korea-based Unification Church, died on Saturday at his home in Miami. Mr. Whelan was ousted from the newspaper after just two years, saying it had become what its detractors had always said it was, “a Moonie newspaper.” He was a 1967 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

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