Nieman News

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has announced the named fellowships for the Nieman class of 2021. These fellowships are supported by foundation grants and endowed funds that provide important financial assistance to journalists from the United States and abroad.

Emily Corwin, an investigative reporter and editor for Vermont Public Radio, and Scott Dance, a reporter who covers the environment for The Baltimore Sun, have been selected as the 2021 Abrams Nieman Fellows for Local Investigative Journalism. Following a year of study at Harvard, they will conduct fieldwork and complete public service reporting projects at home. The Abrams Fellows are supported by a generous grant from the Abrams Foundation.

Vidya Krishnan, an investigative journalist based in India whose book “Phantom Plague: The Untold Story of How Tuberculosis Shaped our History” will be published in 2021, and Willoughby Mariano, an investigative reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on housing and criminal justice issues, are the 2021 Murrey Marder Nieman Fellows in Watchdog Journalism. The Marder fellowships honor the memory of Murrey Marder, a longtime Washington Post reporter and 1950 Nieman Fellow who funded and helped found the Nieman Watchdog Project.

Bukola Adebayo, a senior producer for CNN Digital in Lagos, Nigeria, and Alissa Rubin, Baghdad bureau chief for The New York Times, are the 2021 Ruth Cowan Nash Nieman Fellows. Nash was best known for her work as an Associated Press war correspondent during World War II. She also served as a president of the Washington Press Club.

Maxwell Strachan, a senior features editor at Vice who covers inequality, corporate malfeasance and other topics, is the Louis Stark Nieman Fellow. The fellowship honors the memory of the New York Times reporter who was a pioneer in the field of labor reporting.

Marc-Olivier Bherer, a staff editor and reporter for the Ideas-Debates section of the French daily Le Monde, is the Robert Waldo Ruhl Nieman Fellow. Ruhl, a 1903 Harvard graduate, was editor and publisher of the Medford Mail-Tribune in Oregon from 1911-1967.