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Nieman’s 80th Anniversary Reunion Weekend

Speaker Bios

Rosental Calmon Alves

Rosental Calmon Alves, NF ’88, was the first Brazilian to become a Nieman Fellow. He is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and is the founder and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. He moved to Austin in 1996, after a 27-year career as a journalist in Brazil, most of that time working for Jornal do Brasil when it was a leading newspaper in the country. Alves is a pioneer in digital journalism and has been a consultant for news organizations in the Americas and in Europe. He is a member of the Nieman Advisory Board.

Bharat N. Anand

Bharat N. Anand is the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School; senior associate dean of the school’s digital learning initiative, HBX; and vice provost for advances in learning at Harvard University. He is a recognized authority on digital and corporate strategy and his work on digital transformation has influenced startups and established companies worldwide. Professor Anand’s 2016 book, “The Content Trap: A Strategist’s Guide to Digital Change,” was named by both Fast Company and Bloomberg as one of their top ten books of the year. He is a two‐time winner of the “best teacher award” at Harvard Business School.

Issac Bailey

Issac Bailey, NF ’14, is a South Carolina-based journalist and the author of two books, including “My Brother Moochie: Reclaiming Dignity in the Midst of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South.” His work has been published in publications including Time, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Charlotte Observer, and and he is an editor-at-large for He is also a journalism professor who has taught courses on fake news, journalism ethics and criminal justice reporting at Coastal Carolina University and Davidson College.

Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He has been a leading scholar on the impact of the internet on the networked economy and society since the 1990s, with a particular focus on commons, cooperation and decentralization. His books include “Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics” and “The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom.” His work can be freely accessed at

Ying Chan

Ying Chan, NF ’96, is an award-winning journalist, educator and e-learning advocate. She is a founding member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a board member of the Media Development Investment Fund and a member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Information and Entertainment. She is a professor and the founding director (1999-2016) of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, and the founding dean of the journalism school at Shantou University in Guangdong, China. Her honors include a George Polk Award, the CPJ International Press Freedom Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asian American Journalists Association.

Stephen Engelberg

Stephen Engelberg was the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008–2012, and became editor-in-chief in 2013. He joined ProPublica from The Oregonian in Portland, where he had been a managing editor since 2002. Before The Oregonian, Engelberg worked for The New York Times for 18 years, founding the paper’s investigative unit, and serving as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw, Poland, as well as in New York. He is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors.

John Harwood

John Harwood, NF ’90, is editor at large for CNBC in Washington and host of the CNBC Digital original video series “Speakeasy with John Harwood.” Early in his career, he worked for The St. Petersburg Times as state capital correspondent in Tallahassee, Washington correspondent and political editor. In 1991, he joined The Wall Street Journal as White House correspondent and later reported on Congress. In 1997, he became the Journal’s political editor and chief political correspondent. He also wrote the newspaper’s political column, “Washington Wire,” and oversaw The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. He joined CNBC in March 2006. Harwood written about politics for The New York Times and has offered political analysis on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and PBS’ “Washington Week in Review.” Harwood has covered each of the last nine presidential elections. He is chair of the Nieman Advisory Board.

Anupam B. Jena

Anupam B. Jena, M.D., Ph.D. is the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a practicing internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As an economist and a physician, he uses “natural experiments” to help us understand how health care works and what drives physician and patient behaviors. He is the first social scientist to win the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Diagnostic Errors in Health Care. His work is frequently featured in the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and other news outlets.

Indira Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan, NF ’04, is executive editor at the nonprofit Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Washington columnist for The Boston Globe. She was a foreign correspondent on three continents for the Globe before joining Bloomberg to cover politics and foreign policy. She has reported in 80 countries. Her reporting exposed child labor in Bolivia, illegal logging in Brazil and corruption in China, and helped end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal. For two years, she wrote a “Letter from Washington” column for The International New York Times, and has reported for “PBS Newshour” and Politico Magazine. Lakshmanan started her career on NPR’s foreign desk. She was the first Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute, working on restoring public trust in journalism.

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis is an assistant professor at Harvard University in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of African and African American Studies. Her scholarship on race, art and culture has been published in academic journals as well as in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Artforum. Lewis was the guest editor of the “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture, which received the 2017 Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research from the International Center of Photography. She also is the author of “The Rise,” a book about failure and creativity. Previously, she held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London and taught at the Yale University School of Art. Her forthcoming book about race, whiteness and photography will be published by Harvard University Press.

Ann Marie Lipinski

Ann Marie Lipinski, NF ’90, is curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Before coming to Harvard, she 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. 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. She is a trustee of The Poynter Institute, a past co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ann Marimow

Ann Marimow, NF ’15, writes about legal issues for The Washington Post, primarily from the federal courts in the Washington region. She previously covered state government and politics in New Hampshire at the Concord Monitor, in California for the San Jose Mercury News and in Maryland for the Post, which she joined in 2005. She grew up in Philadelphia in a newspaper family and graduated from Cornell University, where she covered sports for The Cornell Daily Sun.

Bill Marimow

Bill Marimow, NF ’83, is vice president and director of strategic development for The Philadelphia Inquirer’s parent company, Philadelphia Media Network. He joined the Inquirer in July 1972 and as a reporter there, received the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1978 for stories he wrote with a partner on criminal violence by Philadelphia police. He received a second Pulitzer in 1985 for his investigation of the police K-9 unit. His work on the bombing of the MOVE house formed the backbone of the Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize entry in 1986. In addition, Marimow received two Silver Gavel Awards from the American Bar Association and two Robert F. Kennedy Awards for his work as an Inquirer reporter and as vice president of news at NPR. Marimow also served as the editor of The Baltimore Sun. He was editor-in-chief of the Inquirer from 2006-2010 and again from 2012-2017.

Margarita Martinez

Margarita Martinez, NF ’09, is a documentary filmmaker and journalist in Colombia. For the past five years, with unprecedented access, she filmed the tortuous and ultimately successful peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas in Havana, Bogotá and in FARC controlled areas, as well as the rebels’ re-entry into civilian life for her documentary “The Negotiation” (La Negociación), soon to be released. She received her masters’ degree from Columbia University and won the 2016 Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in journalism. Martinez started her career at NBC in New York. She moved back to Bogota in 1999 to work for The Associated Press, covering Colombia’s internal conflict.

Philip Meyer

Philip Meyer, NF ’67, entered journalism reporting for The Clay Center Dispatch in Kansas in the summer of 1950 and departed as director of news and circulation research for Knight Ridder in 1981. He then became a professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The two careers held the same responsibility: discovering and imparting the truth. Harvard taught him social science research methods, which he applied while reporting on the 1967 Detroit riot. He then wrote “Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods,” a guide for other journalists interested in those tools. He also is the author of “The Vanishing Newspaper,” a report on challenges to the newspaper business model.

Alastair Moock

Alastair Moock is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter who has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. When Moock’s twin daughters were born in 2006, he turned his focus to children’s music, releasing four award-winning albums for kids and families. Last spring, he returned to his singer-songwriter roots with his first “grown-up” album release in 10 years. The Boston Globe calls him “one of the town’s best and most adventurous songwriters” and The Washington Post says “every song is a gem.”

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Samhita Mukhopadhyay is executive editor of Teen Vogue. She formerly served as senior editorial director of culture and identities at Mic and is the former executive editor of She is the co-editor of “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America” and the author of “Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.” Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, New York, Medium, Talking Points Memo, Mic and Jezebel.

Jeneé Osterheldt

Jeneé Osterheldt, NF ’17, is a culture writer at The Boston Globe who covers identity and social justice through the lens of culture and the arts. Sometimes this means writing about Cardi B. and black womanhood. Sometimes this means telling the stories of the humans behind the hashtags of #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo. She joined the Globe in 2018. She previously worked as a Kansas City Star culture columnist. A native of Alexandria, Va., and a graduate of Norfolk State University, Osterheldt spent her Nieman year focusing on the intersection of art and justice.

Samantha Power

Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as well as a member of President Obama’s cabinet. From 2009-2013, she served on the National Security Council as special assistant to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights. Power previously was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School. Her book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” won a 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Her forthcoming memoir, “The Education of an Idealist” will be published in 2019. She began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe and has twice been named to Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list.

Eli Reed

Eli Reed, NF ’83, is a photographer, educator and director/producer of documentary and feature films. He has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1983 and has taught at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin since 2005. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world for more than 30 years and his photography has received numerous top photojournalism awards including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, an Overseas Press Club Award, a W. Eugene Smith Grant for Documentary Photography and a POY World Understanding Award. Reed is a Sony Artisan and a member of the Kamoinge collective. His books include “Beirut, City of Regrets,” “Black in America” and “Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home,” which was named as a Photo District News (PDN) photography book of the year. He is presently directing and producing two full-length documentaries and a live action film.

Jennifer L. Roberts

Jennifer L. Roberts is an art historian with particular interests in print history, the theory and practice of craft, and the intersection of art history with science and engineering. She is the author of four books spanning American art from the 1760s to the present. She additionally has been active in the promotion of pedagogies of immersive attention at Harvard, and is a co-creator of the popular course “The Art of Looking,” which introduces students to the aesthetic, historical and political intricacy of the visual arts. Roberts is a founder of the Minding Making Project, which aims to develop new methods of incorporating technical and artisanal knowledge into the humanities. At Harvard, she is the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Johnson-Kulukundis Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson, NF ’88, writes a column for The Washington Post on politics and culture and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. In his three-decade career at the Post, he has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005. In 2009, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Robinson also is an MSNBC analyst and author of “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” “Last Dance in Havana” and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race.”

Juan Manuel Santos

Juan Manuel Santos, NF ’88, served as president of Colombia from 2010-2018. In 2016, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to negotiate an end to his country’s long civil war, bringing the government and FARC guerillas together for years of talks. Santos was Colombia’s first foreign trade minister and also served as finance minister and national defense minister. He created the Good Government Foundation (Fundación Buen Gobierno) and founded the Partido de la U political party in 2005. As a journalist, he was a columnist and deputy director of Colombia’s El Tiempo newspaper, where he was awarded the King of Spain prize for journalism. He additionally served as president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA). In 2017, he received the Global Statesman Award during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. That same year, Time magazine included him in its list of the 100 most influential public figures in the world. Santos earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and will spend time back on campus this year as an Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow.

Jane Spencer

Jane Spencer, NF ’13, is deputy editor and head of strategy at The Guardian USShe has worked across both digital startups and traditional newspapers. Spencer served as editor-in-chief of Fusion and, in 2008, was one of the founding editors of The Daily Beast, where she served as executive editor. Previously, she was a reporter and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for coverage of China.


Marcela Turati

Marcela Turati, NF ’17, is an investigative journalist covering the Mexican drug war. She is a founding member of Periodistas de a Pie and Quinto Elemento Lab and her reporting on human rights, social developments and the impact of drug violence and its victims has been published in Proceso magazine. Turati received the 2013 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism, presented by the Nieman Foundation, and the 2014 Gabriel García Márquez Award for Journalistic Excellence. She is involved in training journalists, creating networks that support safe coverage in dangerous places and strengthening investigative journalism in Mexico. Her book “Crossfire” examines the human cost of the extreme violence she covers. Turati has spoken at the United Nations and in many countries about the challenges facing the Mexican press.

Jonathan L. Walton

Jonathan L. Walton is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and the Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church of Harvard University, as well as a member of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of religion and society at Harvard Divinity School. Much of his scholarship is focused on evangelical Christianity, and its relationship to mass media and political culture. His first book, “Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism” was published in 2009. Walton is an advocate for social justice and civil rights, as well as a passionate voice in support of the marginalized. His work and insights have been featured in several national and international news outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and the BBC. His latest book is “A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World.”

Stuart Watson

Stuart Watson, NF ’08, is a three-time Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter and a past board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has reported for more than 30 years on the American South, most notably at WKRN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Nashville; WRAL-TV, previously the CBS station in Raleigh; and at WCNC-TV, NBC Charlotte. He is currently writing his first book and producing the documentary film, “Helen,” a personal investigation of his birth parents. He is a native of Albany, Georgia and a graduate of Vanderbilt University and works and lives in North Carolina.

Christopher Weyant

Christopher Weyant, NF ’16, is a cartoonist for The New Yorker and The Boston Globe. His cartoons are syndicated worldwide and have been published regularly in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today. He is the winner of the Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel Award for his first illustrated children’s book, “You Are (Not) Small,” written by Anna Kang. Weyant is only the second cartoonist in the Nieman Foundation’s 80-year history to be named a Nieman Fellow. His cartoons are in permanent collections at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

William Worthy

William Worthy (1921-2014), NF ’57, traveled extensively to report on global events for news outlets including the Baltimore Afro-American and CBS News. He challenged U.S. government policies several times, traveling to China (1956-1957) and later to Cuba (1961) in violation of U.S. travel restrictions. His passport was seized upon his return to the U.S. from China and the U.S. subsequently tried and sentenced him to jail. A federal appeals court overturned that conviction in 1964, ruling that the travel bans were unconstitutional. Worthy continued to report from abroad, visiting North Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia before receiving a new passport in 1968. During his career, he won a Ford Foundation grant and freedom-of-the-press awards. Folk singer Phil Ochs immortalized Worthy and his trip to Cuba in his “Ballad of William Worthy.” The Nieman Foundation presented him with the Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism in 2008.