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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5:15pm

Mon April 11, 2011
Media

British Newspaper Apologizes For Phone Hacking

Rupert Murdoch's News International company is apologizing to politicians and celebrities who were victims of a phone-hacking scheme centered at the News of the World, one of its most popular papers.

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1:53pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Media

Glenn Beck To Leave Daily Fox News Show

At long last, we have an answer to the enduring question: Is it possible for someone to be too incendiary, even for the Fox News Channel?

And the answer is yes.

Glenn Beck's daily spot on the nation's leading cable news station is coming to a close little more than two years after his start on Fox News. While his contract runs through December, his show is not expected to last that long.

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4:58pm

Mon April 4, 2011
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Katie Couric Prepares To Leave The Anchor Desk As The Landscape Shifts

CBS News chief anchor Katie Couric is said to be in the final stages of negotiations that will conclude with her departure from the network's signature newscast.

Couric is instead seeking to land a major contract for a daily syndicated television program — like that of daytime talk queen Oprah Winfrey, who just stopped taping her weekday show to create her own network. But Couric's departure inevitably underscores the further diminishment of the role and status of the network anchor.

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12:24pm

Thu March 17, 2011
Media

'New York Times' Rolls Out Online Paywall

The New York Times has twice experimented with making some readers pay for online content, and twice it has backed away. On Thursday morning, the newspaper's executives announced they would make the most loyal readers pay to access its website, though a lot of casual readers would not pay a cent.

11:06am

Thu March 17, 2011
Media

'New York Times' Unveils Metered Online Paywall

Thursday morning, executives at The New York Times announced they believe they have found the right formula and the right moment to do the seemingly impossible: get people to pay for online news.

The Times is unveiling a metered system under which the paper's most loyal readers would pay for access to the website, though most casual online readers would not pay a cent. Print subscribers would also continue to receive unfettered access at no additional cost.

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