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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Fri December 12, 2014

Al Sharpton's Two Hats: Cable News Host And Activist

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Tue December 9, 2014

New Republic Staffers Saw A Clash Between Its Mission And New Methods

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Mon December 8, 2014

'New Republic' Owner Defends Strategy Shift That Led Many To Quit

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3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

New 'New Republic': A 'Vertically Integrated Digital Media Company'

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Fri December 5, 2014

Defining Narrative Questioned In 'Rolling Stone' UVA Rape Story

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Tue November 25, 2014

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

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Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 11:39 am

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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3:46 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

'Fake Sheikh' Accused Of Tricking Sources Into Making News

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3:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

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

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Thu October 30, 2014

Allegations Emerge Against Fired CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi

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Wed October 29, 2014

At Ben Bradlee's Funeral, Mourners Mark More Than His Life

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