Niemans in the News

  1. After 76 years of newspaper writing, Richard Dudman says farewell - July 2

    Richard Dudman has spent his life finding and writing good stories. He has been the Bangor Daily News’ senior contributing editor for the last 12 years, writing more than 1,000 editorials. Friday, June 29, was his last day. A Washington correspondent with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 31 years, Dudman posted stories from around the world, including Argentina, the Middle East, China and Vietnam. He is a 1954 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

  2. Yossi Melman joins the Israeli news website Walla - June 11

    Yossi Melman, a 1990 Nieman Fellow, has joined the Israeli news website Walla after 27 years with the daily newspaper Haaretz. He will continue writing about security and intelligence matters. His self-published book “Spies Against Armageddon,” co-written with CBS News reporter Dan Raviv, will be available in July on Read more »

  3. Keller to end ‘extraordinary journey’ at Chicago Tribune - May 15

    Julia Keller, the Chicago Tribune cultural critic who won the newspaper’s only Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, says it's time to return to the academic world — and pursue a new career as a novelist. Keller is a 1998 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

  4. Roberto Eisenmann receives lifetime achievement award - May 15

    Roberto Eisenmann, a 1986 Nieman Fellow and Founder of the daily "La Prensa" in Panama, was honored with a lifetime achievement award by Fundación Fórum de Periodistas por la Libertad de Expresión e Información of Panama for his continued commitment to freedom of expression and information. While a Nieman Fellow, Mr. Eisenmann was exiled from Panama due to reprisals from the Noriega regime.

  5. Mike McGrady, known for a literary hoax, dies at 78 - May 15

    Mike McGrady, a prizewinning reporter for Newsday who to his chagrin was best known as the mastermind of one of the juiciest literary hoaxes in America died on May 13 at 78. He was a 1969 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

  6. Cecilia Alvear helps choose Panama's National Journalism Award winners - May 15

    Cecilia Alvear, a 1989 Nieman Fellow, recently served on an eight-member jury of international journalists who selected Panama's National Journalism Awards. This is the 16th year that the Fundación Fórum de Periodistas por la Libertad de Expresión e Información has held this event in Panama City.

  7. Veteran Nieman journalists featured on new website - April 27

    Investigating Power, a new multimedia website that features the work of 26 leading journalists who have exposed abuses of power in contemporary U.S. history, profiles several Nieman Fellows. Those interviewed include John Carroll, NF ’72; former Nieman curator Bill Kovach, NF ’89; founder of the Nieman Watchdog Project Murrey Marder, NF ’50; Morton Mintz, NF ’64; Gene Roberts, NF ’62; and Nieman Watchdog editor Barry Sussman.

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  8. Eliza Griswold receives Guggenheim fellowship - April 23

    The Guggenheim Foundation announced its 2012 fellows Thursday, April 19. The 181 fellows included scientists, scholars, composers, visual artists and writers. Eliza Griswold, a 2007 Nieman Fellow, was among the 13 writers named as fellows in general nonfiction. Read more »

  9. Bob Giles elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences - April 18

    Bob Giles, former curator of the Nieman Foundation and a 1966 Nieman Fellow, is among the 220 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2012 class — which also includes Hilary Clinton, Melinda Gates, Clint Eastwood, Paul McCartney and Neil Simon — will be inducted at a ceremony on October 6 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge. Read more »

  10. Nieman alumni win 2012 Pulitzer Prizes - April 16

    Ken Armstrong, NF ’01, and his colleague Michael J. Berens at The Seattle Times have won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for “Methadone and the Politics of Pain.” The three-part series revealed how the state of Washington steered vulnerable Medicare patients away from relatively safe pain medication to methadone, a cheap but unpredictable painkiller linked to 2,173 fatal overdoses.

    Reporters David Jackson, NF ’09, and Gary Marx of the Chicago Tribune were selected as finalists in the same category for “Fugitives from Justice,” which exposed a neglectful state justice system that allowed a number of dangerous criminals to evade trial for murder, rape and other violent felonies. Mary Schmich, NF ’96, also of the Chicago Tribune, won the Commentary Pulitzer “for her wide range of down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city.” Read more »

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