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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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.
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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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6:03pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Media

Business And Journalism Collide At ESPN

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5:03pm

Tue September 9, 2014
Media

The Video, The Tabloid Site And The NFL's Unwanted Reckoning

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 2:33 pm

Ray Rice has been cut from the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended from the NFL following an assault on his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer.
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The NFL built its fortunes on a series of ever-expanding TV contracts worth billions of dollars showing hundreds of games to tens of millions of fans. Now a tabloid news shop has brought all conversation about the NFL to a standstill by posting a silent video lasting less than four minutes.

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4:08pm

Tue September 2, 2014
Media

Changes At The 'Post' Mark A Break From Paper's Storied Past

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 7:14 pm

Tech billionaire Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, has announced he's replacing the paper's current publisher with Frederick Ryan, one of the founders of Politico. Katharine Weymouth's departure represents the end of a storied connection between the Graham publishing family and the Post.

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5:58pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Media

David Gregory Leaves NBC, To Be Replaced By Chuck Todd

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

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4:19pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Media

Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 1:00 pm

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10:32am

Wed July 16, 2014
Business

Murdoch Says His Bid For Rival Time Warner Was Rejected

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox confirmed that it made an offer to buy the owner of HBO, Warner Bros., TBS and CNN but got shot down.

7:00am

Mon July 7, 2014
Media

CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.

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4:15pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Media

For UK Phone-Hacking Case, An End In Acquittal And Conviction

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:14 pm

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