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Nieman Foundation, April 12, 2019, Steve Almond - writing class. Lisa Abitbol


Named Fellowships

The Nieman Foundation is grateful to the foundations, journalism organizations and individuals whose gifts support Nieman Fellowships each year.

  • The Abrams Foundation supports the Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism, which is offered to journalists who cover news in underserved areas of the United States where resources are scarce. It includes funding for up to nine months of fieldwork at the fellow’s home news organization after two semesters at Harvard or, in the case of freelance journalists, a newsroom partner. During the fieldwork period, the Abrams Nieman Fellows expand or develop an investigative project that will provide better, more in-depth coverage of issues important to the communities they serve.
  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funds full Nieman Fellowships for journalists from Latin America and short-term Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships for  individuals with research projects that advance journalism and journalism innovation.
  • The Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship supports Turkish journalists and honors the memory of journalist, filmmaker and news executive Robert L. Long. Joan Rebecca Siregar-Long, Long’s widow, established the program in conjunction with the New York City-based Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF).
  • The Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellowship, funded by the Martin Wise Goodman Trust, supports Canadian journalists. Goodman was president of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and a leading figure in journalism both in Canada and the United States.
  • The Murrey Marder Nieman Fellowship in Watchdog Journalism honors the memory of Murrey Marder, a 1950 Nieman Fellow who helped found the Nieman Watchdog Project.
  • The Carroll Binder Nieman Fellowship honors the 1916 Harvard graduate who expanded the Chicago Daily News Foreign Service and his son, Carroll “Ted” Binder, a 1943 Harvard graduate. The fellowship was established with a gift from Binder family members and supports international journalists.
  • The Barry Bingham Jr. Nieman Fellowship honors the 1956 Harvard graduate who was the editor and publisher of the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times in Kentucky. The fellowship supports journalists from developing countries and other Nieman Fellows.
  • The Atsuko Chiba Nieman Fellow, named to honor the memory of Atsuko Chiba, a 1968 Nieman Fellow, supports journalists who report from an Asian country outside Japan.
  • The William Montalbano Nieman Fellowship is named for a 1970 Nieman Fellow and Los Angeles Times reporter who reported from 100 countries during his 38-year career. The fellowship, which was established with gifts from family and friends, supports international fellows.
  • The Ruth Cowan Nash Nieman Fellowship was established with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Bradley D. Nash to support international Nieman Fellows. Best known for her work as an Associated Press war correspondent during World War II, Ruth Cowan Nash, was also president of the Washington Press Club.
  • The Robert Waldo Ruhl Nieman Fellowship honors a 1903 Harvard graduate who was editor and publisher of the Medford Mail-Tribune in Oregon from 1911-1967. The fellowship supports fellows from abroad and the United States.
  • The Louis Stark Nieman Fellowship honors the memory of The New York Times reporter who was a pioneer in the field of labor reporting and supports journalists who cover labor issues and other topics.

The Nieman Foundation additionally supports Nieman-Berkman Fellowships in Journalism Innovation and occasional Arts and Culture Nieman Fellows.