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Robert Bergenheim dies at 86

Nieman Notes June 9, 2010

Robert C. Bergenheim, the former Boston Herald American publisher who co-founded the Boston Business Journal and Providence Business News, died on Saturday, June 5. He was a 1954 Nieman Fellow. Read more

Angus Thuermer, reporter turned CIA official, dies

Nieman Notes May 14, 2010

As a top CIA public affairs official, Angus Thuermer described himself as the agency’s “spooksman’’ who officially gave “no comment’’ to inquiring reporters. But that didn’t mean Mr. Thuermer, 92, who died of pneumonia April 14, lacked for stories to tell. Just out of college in the late 1930s, he covered the eve of World War II from Berlin for the Associated Press before being interned by the Germans. He was a 1951 Nieman Fellow. Read more

New Orleans broadcasting legend Phil Johnson dies at 80

Nieman Notes March 24, 2010

Phil Johnson, the New Orleans television icon who helped build WWL-TV’s newsroom into a local and national powerhouse, giving the station a distinctive and distinguished on-air editorial voice while also winning three Peabody awards for his documentaries, died late March 22 after a lengthy illness. He was a 1959 Nieman Fellow. Read more

John Strohmeyer dies

Nieman Notes March 10, 2010

John Strohmeyer, who chronicled the demise of Bethlehem, Pa. turbulent steel industry and won a Pulitzer Prize for editorials dissipating racial tensions in that city, died at 85 on March 3. He was a 1953 Nieman Fellow. Read more

Post editor and reporter shone a light on the voiceless

Nieman Notes January 6, 2010

Marcia Slacum Greene, 57, a tenacious Washington Post editor and reporter whose assignments included politics, housing and social services and who saw journalism as a way to humanize and illuminate the lives of the marginalized and voiceless, died Jan. 4. Greene was a 1991 Nieman Fellow. Read more

Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Nelson dies

Nieman Notes October 21, 2009

Jack Nelson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Los Angeles Times Washington bureau chief who first made his name covering the civil rights movement, died Wednesday, Oct. 22. For more than two decades, he ran the Los Angeles Times’ bureau in the capital, propelling it to the heights of post-Watergate journalism and putting what had once been a regional paper on the same plane with other top national news organizations. Nelson—a 1962 Nieman Fellow—was 80. Read more