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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3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

George Stephanopoulos Discloses Donations To Clinton Foundation

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2:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Al Jazeera America Replaces CEO Amid Lawsuit

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3:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Months After Scandal, Will Brian Williams Return To NBC News?

Journalist Brian Williams hosts The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family on Jan. 7 at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Recent reports suggest the suspended NBC anchor may have embellished several of his stories.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 12:12 pm

Recent reports have suggested that Brian Williams' professional purgatory is about to come to an end. NBC suspended its chief news anchor early this year for falsely claiming that the Army helicopter in which he traveled while covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.

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2:46 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Dr. Oz Responds To Criticism On His Show

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2:45 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

BuzzFeed Under Fire After Deleting Stories Critical Of Its Advertisers

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The Two-Way
6:04 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Report On Retracted 'Rolling Stone' Rape Story Cites 'Systematic Failing'

Members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia were accused of committing gang-rape in a Rolling Stone article last November. The article was later retracted. A report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism said the errors behind the article involved "basically every level of Rolling Stone's newsroom."
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Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 3:03 pm

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A report commissioned to determine what went awry in a retracted Rolling Stone article about campus rape at the University of Virginia found repeated, fundamental errors in the magazine's reporting and editing process.

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The Two-Way
9:21 am
Thu March 19, 2015

NPR Appoints The AP's Michael Oreskes As News Chief

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.
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Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 12:57 pm

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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12:13 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

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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3:10 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Fox Defends Bill O'Reilly's Account Of Falklands Conflict

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9:17 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Despite Furious Objections, Bill O'Reilly's War Claims Warrant Scrutiny

Television personality Bill O'Reilly waits for the start of an event at the White House in February 2014. O'Reilly has for the past week fired back angrily at critics who have accused him of inflating his war-reporting record in a manner similar to suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.
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Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 11:57 am

Give human invective machine Bill O'Reilly credit for consistency of performance.

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4:26 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 5:03 pm

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2:57 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Brian Williams' Suspension Brings Attention To Tom Brokaw

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3:07 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Jon Stewart To Leave 'Daily Show,' NBC Suspends Brian Williams

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 4:01 pm

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5:04 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

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

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.
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Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 12:24 pm

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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2:35 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Brian Williams Criticized For Exaggerated Iraq Story

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11:32 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

A Sigh Of Relief For The Murdoch Media Empire

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's vast empire encompasses everything from newspapers to television networks to tabloids.
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Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 6:14 am

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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3:04 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Fast-Sprouting Acorn Challenges PBS' British TV Dominance

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.
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Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 11:16 am

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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3:40 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

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2:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Obama Tries To Spread State Of The Union Messages Outside Speech

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4:33 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.
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Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:26 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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7:35 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 1:11 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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3:58 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Not All Publications Reprint Material From 'Charlie Hebdo'

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:53 am

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10:27 am
Wed January 7, 2015

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

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2:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

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2:36 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Fallout Continues For CBC In Wake Of Ghomeshi Sex Assault Scandal

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

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2:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

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

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3:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

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

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2:39 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 8:49 am

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2:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:44 am

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3:12 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Defining Narrative Questioned In 'Rolling Stone' UVA Rape Story

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

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