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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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Obama Tries To Spread State Of The Union Messages Outside Speech

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:06 pm

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Television
5:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Nancy Grace Says 'Gone Girl' Satire Was Flattering, Made Her Laugh Out Loud

The movie Gone Girl fictionalizes and satirizes cable news star Nancy Grace (above). Grace, host of a true crimes and current affairs show on HLN, says she was flattered.
Mark Hill AP

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 9:26 am

Among those hoping for an Academy Award nomination on Thursday are the producers of the Fox Studios thriller Gone Girl. The film centers on marital strife, a mysterious disappearance and the murder investigation that ensues.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Mon January 12, 2015

NPR Appoints Longtime Print Reporter As New Ombudsman

Elizabeth Jensen's three-year term as NPR's ombudsman is set to begin Jan. 26.
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Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 2:11 pm

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn today named veteran print reporter Elizabeth Jensen as the public radio network's fifth ombudsman.

"I think the primary responsibility is to report the concerns of NPR's listeners and to show NPR's journalism is ... transparent and accountable," Jensen said in an interview. "It's a two-way conversation."

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Media
10:46 am
Wed January 7, 2015

For 'Charlie Hebdo,' A History Defined By Humor, Controversy — And Cartoons

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:35 am

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Business
3:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:36 pm

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Media
3:36 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Fallout Continues For CBC In Wake Of Ghomeshi Sex Assault Scandal

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 5:48 pm

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Media
3:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

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

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:16 pm

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Media
3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:44 am

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Media
4:12 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Defining Narrative Questioned In 'Rolling Stone' UVA Rape Story

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:30 pm

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Tue November 25, 2014

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

Stephen Voss NPR

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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