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Margaret Engel collaborates on screenplay

Nieman Notes March 31, 2010

Margaret Engel, a 1979 Nieman Fellow and director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, has teamed up with her twin sister Allison to write a screenplay on the life of the late columnist and humorist Molly Ivins. “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins” is a one-woman show starring Kathleen Turner that has just opened at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Read more

Columbia, Nieman Foundation announce ’10 Lukas Prize Project Award winners

Awards March 30, 2010

The recipients of the 2010 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards for exceptional nonfiction include David Finkel’s up-close examination of the human costs of making war; James Davidson’s study of the homoerotic culture of ancient Greece; and an account of life in inner city Newark, N.J., focusing on the efforts of an ex-con and former drug dealer to help impoverished children in the city’s most depressed neighborhood, by Jonathan Schuppe. Read more

New Orleans broadcasting legend Phil Johnson dies at 80

Nieman Notes March 24, 2010

Phil Johnson, the New Orleans television icon who helped build WWL-TV’s newsroom into a local and national powerhouse, giving the station a distinctive and distinguished on-air editorial voice while also winning three Peabody awards for his documentaries, died late March 22 after a lengthy illness. He was a 1959 Nieman Fellow. Read more

John Strohmeyer dies

Nieman Notes March 10, 2010

John Strohmeyer, who chronicled the demise of Bethlehem, Pa. turbulent steel industry and won a Pulitzer Prize for editorials dissipating racial tensions in that city, died at 85 on March 3. He was a 1953 Nieman Fellow. Read more