Before joining The New Yorker in 1995, Jane Mayer spent 12 years as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she was the paper’s first female White House correspondent. At The New Yorker, she covers politics and the war on terror. After receiving the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence during the Nieman Foundation’s 75th anniversary celebration in September 2013, Mayer talked about challenging official narratives, the distinction between reporting and espionage, and the high price of journalistic independence.

Bill Kovach, NF ’89, Nieman Curator 1990-2000 and chair of the I.F. Stone Medal Advisory Committee, presents the 2013 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence to investigative journalist Jane Mayer of the New Yorker.

Excerpts from Jane Mayer’s Discussion

“Access Is Overrated”

Being Threatened for Her Reporting

When Secrecy is Necessary

Shield Laws and Protecting Sources