Speaker Bios

Joshua Benton


Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab, which he founded in 2008. The Lab reports on the future of news, innovation and best practices in the digital media age. Before spending a year at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow, Benton spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. His reports there on cheating on standardized tests in the Texas public schools led to the permanent shutdown of a school district and won the Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, was a Pew Fellow in International Journalism, and was a three-time finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting. Before Dallas, he was a reporter and rock critic for The Toledo Blade. He’s a proud Cajun from small-town south Louisiana who wrote his first HTML in 1994.

Lolly Bowean

Lolly Bowean is a 2017 Nieman Fellow and a general assignment reporter and writer at the Chicago Tribune, where she focuses on the city’s unique African-American community, youth culture, urban affairs, cultural trends and other topics. She has written about the destruction of public housing, the death of Nelson Mandela and the work of civil rights icons as well as the election of President Barack Obama and violence in troubled neighborhoods. Before joining the Tribune, Bowean covered suburban communities for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She additionally has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. At Harvard, she is studying the cultural differences between the African-American descendants of American slavery and the children of black immigrants. She also is researching the evolution of the black family in America.

Lewis W. Diuguid

Lewis W. DiuguidLewis W. Diuguid is an award-winning journalist who worked at The Kansas City Star for nearly four decades. During his time at the paper, he served as a reporter, photographer, copy editor, automotive editor, assistant bureau chief, bureau chief, assistant city editor, associate editor, letters editor and vice president of community resources. He started writing columns in 1987 and joined the paper’s editorial board in 1999. He also co-chaired the diversity initiative at the Star and beginning in 1993, facilitated diversity workshops for Star Co. staffers, colleges and community organizations. Diuguid is the author of two books: “A Teacher’s Cry: Expose the Truth About Education Today” and “Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union,” which is about diversity, the subject of many of his columns. He is a founding member and president of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Diuguid is also active in a number of other journalism organizations and boards. He has received more than 60 awards for his work and lectures widely. In February 2017, he received the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism and, immediately following the Lyons Award presentation, spent time at Harvard as a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow.

Tyler Dukes


Tyler Dukes is a 2017 Nieman Fellow and an investigative reporter on the state politics team at WRAL News in Raleigh, N.C., where he specializes in data and public records. Prior to joining WRAL, he worked as managing editor for Duke University’s Reporters’ Lab. He has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill’s journalism school, trained reporters as a college newspaper adviser and freelanced for several newspapers. At WRAL, his writing on a mentally ill inmate’s death earned him awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas and the National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina. Dukes is a Murrey Marder Nieman Fellow in Watchdog Journalism. The fellowship honors the memory of Murrey Marder, a 1950 Nieman Fellow who helped found the Nieman Watchdog Project. At Harvard, Dukes is studying best practices for college journalism programs and newsrooms looking to democratize data-driven reporting for underserved communities.

Felicia Fonseca


Felicia Fonseca is a 2017 Nieman Fellow and the northern Arizona correspondent for The Associated Press, covering American Indian tribes, mining, the Grand Canyon, tourism and major crimes. Before joining the AP in 2005, she worked as an intern for The Albuquerque Tribune, the Santa Fe New Mexican and for the Spanish-language newspaper La Voz del Norte. In 2010, she received The Associated Press-Robert Eunson Distinguished Lecturer Award from Northern Arizona University for her stories about wildfires, flooding in a tribal village, a deadly sweat lodge ceremony and an 8-year-old boy charged in a double homicide. At Havard, Fonseca is studying the plight of American Indian tribes and their efforts to build sustainable economies that don’t rely heavily on the federal system.

Katherine Goldstein


Katherine Goldstein is a New York City-based digital journalist who most recently was the editor of vanityfair.com. Previously, she served as the director of traffic and social media strategy at Slate and as the green editor at The Huffington Post, where she established HuffPost Green, an internet news source for eco-minded readers. In addition to her editorial, strategy and managerial roles, she has covered topics ranging from the Copenhagen climate talks to the first gay wedding on a military base. Her research interests include gender disparities in digital newsrooms and the ways female leadership affects news coverage. As a Nieman Fellow, she is examining digital journalism strategies for hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and the particular challenges facing working mothers in the industry.

Maggie Haberman


Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent for The New York Times, based out of New York. She covered President Donald Trump’s successful campaign for the presidency, from the primary through the general election. Prior to joining the Times in 2015, Haberman covered Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and pre-candidacy for Politico. She also covered the 2012 presidential election, co-anchoring a blog with Alexander Burns, a Harvard alumnus who is currently a Times reporter. Haberman previously worked for the New York Post and the New York Daily News, two papers that have covered the current president for decades. She began her career at the Post in 1996 as a clerk. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1996. A native New Yorker, Haberman lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Dareh Gregorian, and their three children.

Ann Marie Lipinski


Ann Marie Lipinski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Before coming to Harvard, Lipinski served as senior lecturer and vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago. Prior to that, she was the editor-in-chief and senior vice president of the Chicago Tribune, a post she held for nearly eight years following assignments as managing editor, metropolitan editor and investigations editor. As a reporter at the Tribune, Lipinski was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for stories she wrote with two other reporters on government corruption in Chicago. While editor of the paper, she oversaw work that won Pulitzers in international reporting, feature writing, editorial writing, investigative reporting and explanatory journalism. Lipinski is a trustee of The Poynter Institute and a past co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and sits on the executive committee of Harvard’s Center for African Studies.

Frank LoMonte

Frank LoMonte

Frank LoMonte joined the Student Press Law Center as executive director in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education and in many other outlets.
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Lisa Mullins


Lisa Mullins is the voice of WBUR’s “All Things Considered.” Her interviews and reports are heard each weekday on WBUR. She also guest anchors NPR’s “Here and Now” and WBUR’s “Radio Boston.” Mullins was chief anchor of the daily BBC/PRI/WGBH international news program “The World” from 1998 through 2012. Her foreign reporting has taken her to Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Cuba, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, South and North Korea and elsewhere. She received the Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for her story about her 24-hour stay at a North Korean resort and the Gracie Award for outstanding achievement as anchor of a news magazine. Mullins has produced podcasts for Harvard Business School and instructional audio for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. In 2009-10, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Templeton fellow at Cambridge University in England.

Heidi Vogt

lisa-mullinsHeidi Vogt is a 2017 Nieman Fellow and most recently was a Nairobi-based East Africa correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. She has covered South Sudan’s descent into civil war, the rise of radical Islam on the continent, the illegal wildlife trade and corruption that has bedeviled the region’s efforts to rise out of poverty. She joined the Journal in 2013 after 10 years with The Associated Press, where she first covered financial news in New York before working as a foreign correspondent in West Africa and Afghanistan. Her reporting interests include topics ranging from extremism, conflict and migration to globalization, tech frontiers and natural resources.