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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11:47am

Thu March 19, 2015
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NPR Appoints The AP's Michael Oreskes As News Chief

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:57 pm

Michael Oreskes says that he admires NPR's reportorial muscle and that the network's greatest strength can be found in its ability to tell stories that listeners find compelling, accessible and absorbing.
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NPR has named Michael Oreskes, a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris, to run its news division.

Officially, Oreskes will be the network's senior vice president for news and editorial director, a slightly refashioned title. Oreskes is currently vice president and senior managing editor at the AP, where he oversees the giant international news wire's daily report.

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1:34pm

Fri March 6, 2015
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Former NBC Executive Returns To Oversee Troubled News Division

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 2:13 pm

The parent company of NBC, Comcast, has turned to a familiar figure to lead the network's troubled news division, naming Andrew Lack as chairman to shore up its credibility, its finances and its stability.

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5:10am

Wed February 25, 2015
Media

Fox Defends Bill O'Reilly's Account Of Falklands Conflict

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 2:01 pm

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5:50pm

Thu February 12, 2015
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Brian Williams Case Raises Fundamental Questions About An Anchor's Role

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 7:03 pm

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4:57pm

Wed February 11, 2015
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Brian Williams' Suspension Brings Attention To Tom Brokaw

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:14 pm

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5:24am

Wed February 11, 2015
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Jon Stewart To Leave 'Daily Show,' NBC Suspends Brian Williams

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 6:01 pm

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7:29pm

Fri February 6, 2015
Media

Huffington Post Bets People Will Read Good News — And Share It, Too

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 2:24 pm

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, speaks at the 2014 World Economic Forum. Reporters and editors in 15 countries will contribute to "What Works," her site's new initiative focused on covering positive news.
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Greek-born author Arianna Huffington created a digital powerhouse in May 2005 on the back of two major elements: famous bloggers, and the relentless aggregation of stories from elsewhere on politics, pop culture and almost everything else.

Huffington Post's original reporting really came later — and so did a Pulitzer Prize. But the clickbait endures.

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5:27pm

Thu February 5, 2015
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Brian Williams Criticized For Exaggerated Iraq Story

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 6:23 pm

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6:13am

Thu February 5, 2015
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Brian Williams' Self-Inflicted War Wounds

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 6:09 pm

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admits that his story of being on a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003 was untrue and has apologized to troops and viewers.
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1:32am

Tue February 3, 2015
The Two-Way

A Sigh Of Relief For The Murdoch Media Empire

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 8:14 am

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's vast empire encompasses everything from newspapers to television networks to tabloids.
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The year started well and has only improved for Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate atop the twin corporate holdings of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox.

With caustic commentary on Twitter, Murdoch helped make the case that former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney should depart the hustings. Through his tabloids, he has argued for a new agenda for the struggling conservative governments his publications had championed in Australia and the U.K. In all three instances, the octogenarian corporate chief demonstrated his relevance and asperity.

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