David Folkenflik

Geraldo Rivera of the Fox News Channel once described David Folkenflik as "a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter." Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, gave him a "laurel" for his reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad.

Folkenflik is NPR's media correspondent based in New York City. His stories are broadcast on NPR's newsmagazines and shows, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation. His reports offer insight into the operation of the media amid tectonic shifts in the industry and cast light on figures who help shape the way the news business works. NPR's listeners were first to learn how the corporate owners of the glossy magazine GQ sought to smother distribution of its provocative story about Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. They also found out, amid the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church, how a small, liberal Catholic weekly based in Kansas City had been documenting allegations of abuse by priests for a generation. Folkenflik provides media criticism on the air and at NPR.org on coverage of a broad array of issues — from the war in Afghanistan, to the financial crisis, to the saga of the "Balloon Boy."

Before joining NPR in 2004, Folkenflik spent more than a decade at the Baltimore Sun, where he covered higher education, Congress, and the media. He started his career at the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun. In 1991, Folkenflik graduted with a bachelor's degree in history from Cornell University, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Cornell Daily Sun.

A three-time winner of the Arthur Rowse Awards for Press Criticism from the National Press Club, Folkenflik won the inaugural 2002 Mongerson Award for Investigative Reporting on the News, presented by the Center for Media and Public Affairs and the University of Virginia's Center for Governmental Studies. Folkenflik's work has also been recognized with top honors from the National Headliners Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. He was the first Irik Sevin Visiting Fellow at Cornell and speaks frequently at colleges across the country. He has served as a media analyst on such television programs as CNN's Reliable Sources, ABC News' Nightline, Fox News' O'Reilly Factor, and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

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11:09am

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

'New York Times' Hires Former NPR Executive To Lead Digital Push

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:39 pm

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The New York Times has named former top NPR executive Kinsey Wilson to help its digital news efforts.

Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet appointed Wilson to be one of his top deputies in the newly created role of editor for innovation and strategy, the newspaper announced Tuesday morning.

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6:59am

Mon November 24, 2014
Television

Cable News Channel Fusion Searches For Its Audience

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:02 pm

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4:42pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Media

'Washington Post' To Add Editor's Notes To Fareed Zakaria Columns

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 5:15 pm

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4:33pm

Mon November 3, 2014
Media

Friction At First Look Media Spills Into Public View

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:23 pm

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6:36am

Wed October 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 10:45 am

Storyful is making a business out of verifying material on social media for journalists and news organizations.
Storyful

At most news organizations, journalists celebrate when they get a story in print, on air or online.

At Storyful, editors high-five when they knock a story down.

"We like to think about [Storyful] as the first social news agency," said Mark Little, the company's buoyant CEO. A former television news anchor and correspondent in his native Ireland, Little conceived the company in 2009 after watching the documentation of mounting protests in Iran posted to Flickr and YouTube.

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4:53am

Fri October 24, 2014
Remembrances

Journalist And Political Aide Frank Mankiewicz Dies At 90

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:03 am

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7:05am

Wed October 22, 2014
Remembrances

'Post' Editor Bradlee Helped Define Modern American Journalism

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:09 am

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8:20pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Remembrances

Ben Bradlee, Who Led 'Washington Post' To New Heights, Dies At 93

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 3:39 pm

Ben Bradlee, then-executive editor of The Washington Post, looks at the front page of the newspaper, headlined "Nixon Resigns," in the composing room on Aug. 8, 1974.
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Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who led The Washington Post to national eminence through charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House, died Tuesday. He was 93.

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4:25pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Analysis

In Forcing Out Senior Executive, New CEO Mohn Puts Stamp On NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:27 am

Jarl Mohn, a veteran of radio and television, became NPR's CEO in July.
Jim Tuttle for NPR

The ouster earlier this month of NPR's chief content officer, Kinsey Wilson, did little to stir outcry or concern among public radio listeners.

Yet because of Wilson's prominent role in seeking innovative ways for the network to flourish as the audience's habits shift, the announcement generated much attention and consternation inside the circles of digital journalism.

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12:32pm

Mon October 6, 2014
Media

NPR Chief Announces Departure Of Key Digital Strategist

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