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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4:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

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

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

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5:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

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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4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

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

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

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5:12 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Defining Narrative Questioned In 'Rolling Stone' UVA Rape Story

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

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue November 25, 2014

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

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

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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Media
4:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

'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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All Tech Considered
6:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets

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

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

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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Remembrances
7:05 am
Wed October 22, 2014

'Post' Editor Bradlee Helped Define Modern American Journalism

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

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Media
12:32 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

NPR Chief Announces Departure Of Key Digital Strategist

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5:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

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

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

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

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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Media
4:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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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5:12 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

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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5:36 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

David Gregory Leaves NBC, To Be Replaced By Chuck Todd

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

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Remembrances
5:31 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

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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4:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

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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Business
10:32 am
Wed July 16, 2014

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.

Business
9:47 am
Tue June 24, 2014

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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Media
5:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 6:24 pm

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In trying to reconstruct how Congressman Cantor was defeated, another partial explanation surfaced in the media. Perhaps, it was the media. Here's NPR's media correspondent, David Folkenflik.

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Arts + Life
5:53 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful'

Edward Snowden didn't trust The New York Times with his revelations about the National Security Agency because the newspaper had delayed publishing a story about NSA secrets a decade earlier.
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Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 7:13 pm

When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made the fateful decision to share sensitive documents with reporters revealing secret and mass gathering of the metadata associated with the phone calls made by tens of millions of Americans, he had to figure out which news outfit to trust.

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Europe
4:32 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Judge Sums Phone-Hacking Details, As Jury Prepares To Decide Case

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 7:58 pm

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