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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11:41am

Thu March 19, 2015
The Two-Way

NPR Appoints The AP's Michael Oreskes As News Chief

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:57 pm

Michael Oreskes says that he admires NPR's reportorial muscle and that the network's greatest strength can be found in its ability to tell stories that listeners find compelling, accessible and absorbing.
Chuck Zoeller AP

NPR has named Michael Oreskes, a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris, to run its news division.

Officially, Oreskes will be the network's senior vice president for news and editorial director, a slightly refashioned title. Oreskes is currently vice president and senior managing editor at the AP, where he oversees the giant international news wire's daily report.

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2:13pm

Fri March 6, 2015
The Two-Way

Former NBC Executive Returns To Oversee Troubled News Division

The parent company of NBC, Comcast, has turned to a familiar figure to lead the network's troubled news division, naming Andrew Lack as chairman to shore up its credibility, its finances and its stability.

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6:26pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Media

Brian Williams Case Raises Fundamental Questions About An Anchor's Role

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 7:03 pm

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4:57pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Media

Brian Williams' Suspension Brings Attention To Tom Brokaw

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:14 pm

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7:17pm

Fri February 6, 2015
Media

Huffington Post Bets People Will Read Good News — And Share It, Too

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 2:24 pm

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, speaks at the 2014 World Economic Forum. Reporters and editors in 15 countries will contribute to "What Works," her site's new initiative focused on covering positive news.
Ruben Sprich Reuters/Landov

Greek-born author Arianna Huffington created a digital powerhouse in May 2005 on the back of two major elements: famous bloggers, and the relentless aggregation of stories from elsewhere on politics, pop culture and almost everything else.

Huffington Post's original reporting really came later — and so did a Pulitzer Prize. But the clickbait endures.

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4:54pm

Thu February 5, 2015
Media

Brian Williams Criticized For Exaggerated Iraq Story

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 6:23 pm

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1:32am

Tue February 3, 2015
The Two-Way

A Sigh Of Relief For The Murdoch Media Empire

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 8:14 am

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's vast empire encompasses everything from newspapers to television networks to tabloids.
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The year started well and has only improved for Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate atop the twin corporate holdings of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox.

With caustic commentary on Twitter, Murdoch helped make the case that former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney should depart the hustings. Through his tabloids, he has argued for a new agenda for the struggling conservative governments his publications had championed in Australia and the U.K. In all three instances, the octogenarian corporate chief demonstrated his relevance and asperity.

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5:04am

Mon February 2, 2015
Television

Fast-Sprouting Acorn Challenges PBS' British TV Dominance

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 1:16 pm

American viewers hoping to catch the last season of the hit British show Foyle's War will have to sign up for the boutique digital portal Acorn.tv.
Emily Jan NPR

Today marks the return of a cult public television hit — Foyle's War. It previously appeared as part of PBS's big Sunday night Masterpiece lineup, but it won't be on TV tonight. For now, viewers will have to stream the show digitally. Acorn, the company that produces Foyle's War, has embarked on something of a Netflix strategy — raising the question of whether a niche pay portal can be a going concern.

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4:28pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

Obama Tries To Spread State Of The Union Messages Outside Speech

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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6:33pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Television

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

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:26 am

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

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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9:35am

Mon January 12, 2015
The Two-Way

NPR Appoints Longtime Print Reporter As New Ombudsman

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:11 pm

Elizabeth Jensen's three-year term as NPR's ombudsman is set to begin Jan. 26.
James Wrona Photography

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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11:49am

Wed January 7, 2015
Media

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

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:35 pm

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4:59pm

Tue January 6, 2015
Business

DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

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

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4:26pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Media

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

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:16 pm

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5:11am

Tue December 9, 2014
Media

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

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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4:57am

Mon December 8, 2014
Media

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

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:44 am

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5:12pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Media

Defining Narrative Questioned In 'Rolling Stone' UVA Rape Story

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:30 pm

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11:09am

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:39 pm

Stephen Voss NPR

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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4:42pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Media

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

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 5:15 pm

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6:36am

Wed October 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 10:45 am

Storyful is making a business out of verifying material on social media for journalists and news organizations.
Storyful

At most news organizations, journalists celebrate when they get a story in print, on air or online.

At Storyful, editors high-five when they knock a story down.

"We like to think about [Storyful] as the first social news agency," said Mark Little, the company's buoyant CEO. A former television news anchor and correspondent in his native Ireland, Little conceived the company in 2009 after watching the documentation of mounting protests in Iran posted to Flickr and YouTube.

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7:05am

Wed October 22, 2014
Remembrances

'Post' Editor Bradlee Helped Define Modern American Journalism

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:09 am

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12:32pm

Mon October 6, 2014
Media

NPR Chief Announces Departure Of Key Digital Strategist

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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.
Nick Wass AP

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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5:20pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Media

In Covering Foley's Killing, Media Outlets Face A Difficult Choice

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:24 pm

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5:36pm

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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5:31pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Remembrances

Margot Adler, A Venerable And Beloved NPR Voice, Passes At 68

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 3:50 am

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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.

9:47am

Tue June 24, 2014
Business

1 Editor Cleared, 1 Found Guilty In U.K. Phone-Hacking Trial

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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A British jury has reached verdicts in a trial stemming from a scandal involving hacking by tabloids. Several former editors and executives of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers face charges. Former News of the World editor, Andrew Coulson, was found guilty. Other editors were not. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik has been covering this story. Hi, David.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Hey, Steve.

INSKEEP: OK, so what are the verdicts here?

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