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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3:05pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

Obama Tries To Spread State Of The Union Messages Outside Speech

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:25 am

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4:33pm

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 8:26 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.
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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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7:35am

Mon January 12, 2015
The Two-Way

NPR Appoints Longtime Print Reporter As New Ombudsman

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 1:11 pm

Elizabeth Jensen's three-year term as NPR's ombudsman is set to begin Jan. 26.
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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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9:49am

Wed January 7, 2015
Media

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

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 10:35 am

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2:54pm

Tue January 6, 2015
Business

DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 4:36 pm

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2:36pm

Wed December 31, 2014
Media

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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3:11am

Tue December 9, 2014
Media

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

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:27 am

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2:32pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Media

'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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2:57am

Mon December 8, 2014
Media

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

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

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3:12pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Media

Defining Narrative Questioned In 'Rolling Stone' UVA Rape Story

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

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9:37am

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 10:39 am

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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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2:46pm

Thu November 20, 2014
Media

'Fake Sheikh' Accused Of Tricking Sources Into Making News

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 4:30 pm

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3:15pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Media

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

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4:36am

Wed October 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 8:45 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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2:53am

Fri October 24, 2014
Remembrances

Journalist And Political Aide Frank Mankiewicz Dies At 90

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:03 am

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5:05am

Wed October 22, 2014
Remembrances

'Post' Editor Bradlee Helped Define Modern American Journalism

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:09 am

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10:32am

Mon October 6, 2014
Media

NPR Chief Announces Departure Of Key Digital Strategist

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3:03pm

Tue September 9, 2014
Media

The Video, The Tabloid Site And The NFL's Unwanted Reckoning

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 12:33 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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2:08pm

Tue September 2, 2014
Media

Changes At The 'Post' Mark A Break From Paper's Storied Past

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 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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3:20pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Media

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

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 4:24 pm

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3:05pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Media

David Gregory Leaves NBC, To Be Replaced By Chuck Todd

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 4:35 pm

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3:31pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Remembrances

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

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:50 am

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2:06pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Media

Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:00 am

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8:32am

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.

8:10am

Tue June 24, 2014
Business

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

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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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