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 techtonic 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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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Media

Livelihood 'On The Line,' Anchor Reveals He's Gay

CNN anchor Don Lemon says his mentors and agents challenged him to consider whether he was willing to wear "the gay anchor" label throughout his career. " And I'd have to say, at this point, why the hell not?" he says,
CNN

CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon is many things: A 45-year-old African-American native of Baton Rouge, La., he was raised Southern Baptist, attended Catholic schools and graduated from Brooklyn College in New York, and subsequently prospered in the competitive world of television news.

One more facet of his life that he reveals publicly for the first time today: He is gay.

"Do I want to be 'the gay anchor'?" Lemon said.

He said his mentors and agents challenged him to consider whether he was willing to wear that label throughout his career.

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3:33pm

Fri May 6, 2011
The Picture Show

The Perilous Job Of Conflict Photography

The journalists who cover war make up a tight-knit community. And they say they are still sifting through their emotions in the wake of the deaths last month of two experienced colleagues, Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, who were killed documenting the uprising in eastern Libya.

The dangers weigh heavily. So, too, does the knowledge that no story or photo is worth a life. But an assignment involves an adventure and a paycheck.

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3:00pm

Wed April 27, 2011
Media

Role Of Media In The 'Birther' Controversy

President Obama Wednesday released his long-form birth certificate in an effort to put to rest the controversy surrounding his citizenship. The controversy was given new legs by Donald Trump who Wednesday took credit for forcing the president's hand.

3:46pm

Thu April 21, 2011
Monkey See

Donald Trump Is Thinking About Running For President ... Or Maybe Not

Donald Trump is making the rounds on TV and in key states to explain that he may — just possibly — be interested in running for president.

Many voters are taking his presidential aspirations seriously, but does Trump himself?

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5:08am

Tue April 19, 2011
Media

'LA Times' Story Wins Pulitzer, Community Applause

The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitizer Prizes Monday. One was for its exposure of deep-seated corruption in the poor city of Bell, California. Reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives investigated how much city officials in Bell made. The city manager there was making $1.5 million.

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