Niemans in the News

  1. 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 »

  2. 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 »

  3. Daniel Rapoport dies at 79 - April 11

    Daniel Rapoport, a 1971 Nieman Fellow and longtime Washington journalist who started a publishing house which issued books that likely would never otherwise see print, died April 11. He was 79.

  4. Thomas Sancton, pioneering journalist, dies at age 97 - April 9

    Thomas Sancton, a Southern journalist who was praised and condemned for his civil rights reporting in the 1940s and went on to become a teacher and novelist, died Friday, April 6. Sancton — a 1942 Nieman Fellow — was 97. Read more »

  5. New owners bring Bill Marimow back to The Philadelphia Inquirer - April 5

    Bill Marimow, a 1983 Nieman Fellow, is returning to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Marimow, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, was editor of the Inquirer from 2006 to October 2010, when he was removed from the position by publisher Greg Osberg the day before new owners took over. Read more »

  6. Nieman Fellows honored in spring award season - April 5

    The work of a number of Nieman Fellows has been recognized recently with national journalism awards. Honored Niemans include Hui Siu Fun, NF ’11; Lisa Mullins, NF '10; David Jackson, NF ’09; James Causey, NF ’08; Ken Armstrong, NF ’01; and Melissa Ludtke, NF ’92. Read the full list of Nieman award-winners »

  7. Melanie Sill named new executive editor at KPCC - March 23

    Melanie Sill, the former editor of The Sacramento Bee and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., will be the new executive editor of KPCC's Southern California Public Radio. Sill is a 1994 Nieman Fellow. Read more »

  8. Ken Armstrong, NF ’01, wins Selden Ring Award - February 28

    Ken Armstrong, NF ’01, and Michael J. Berens of The Seattle Times have won the 2012 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, for their three-part series “Methadone and the Politics of Pain.” The award is presented annually by the School of Journalism at USC Annenberg. Selden Ring Award judges commended the reporters for their “thorough and groundbreaking reporting on how more than 2,000 people in Washington state have fatally overdosed on the painkiller methadone. ‘Methadone and the Politics of Pain’ showed how the state steered Medicaid patients toward methadone despite repeated warnings about its risks. The drug saved the state money because it is a cheap painkiller, but poor patients paid for the savings with their lives.”


    Berens won the 2010 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism, presented by the Nieman Foundation, for his series Seniors for Sale: Exploiting the aged and frail in Washington's adult family homes” Armstrong won the Bingham Prize in 2001 as part of a team at the Chicago Tribune for “Cops and Confessions” and received honorable mention in 2008 for his Seattle Times series with Nick Perry “Victory and Ruins.” Read more »

  9. Reporter Andrea McCarren, NF ’07, fends off social media attacks - February 17

    Andrea McCarren, a 2007 Nieman Fellow and reporter for WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C., was forced to stay off the air recently after teenagers upset with her reports on underage drinking took to Twitter and Facebook to post hostile messages. When her own children were bullied at school, McCarren had a colleague report two of her stories. Despite the backlash, WUSA says 99 percent of the feedback it has received about McCarren’s reports has been positive and McCarren herself plans to continue her series, saying the problem of underage age drinking is simply too big to ignore.

    Listen to McCarren discuss the collision of journalism and social media on CBS This Morning »

  10. Nazila Fathi, NF ’11 to discuss reporting in Iran - February 8

    Nazila Fathi, NF ’11, will talk about the many challenges of reporting from Iran as part of the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series on February 9. Fathi reported out of Iran for nearly two decades until 2009 when she was forced to leave her country because of government threats against her. She is currently a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Learn more »

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