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.
Jeffrey L. Katz is the Deputy Managing Editor of Digital News, where he takes a leading role in coordinating and developing NPR's news presence at NPR.org. Katz sets the Web site's daily and long-term news assignments and priorities, serves as an advocate for online coverage with the network's news desks and programs, and helps oversee coverage of breaking news events.
Katz previously served as an editor at NPR's Morning Edition, where he edited interviews by hosts and correspondents, reporter-based stories, commentaries and series. He joined the network in 1999 as an editor on NPR's National Desk, where he was responsible for coverage of education, welfare and sports.
Before then, Katz spent two decades in print journalism. He began his journalism career at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. From 1978 to 1984, he served as an urban affairs reporter and editorial writer in Memphis, and as the newspaper's correspondent in Little Rock, Ark., where he also wrote a weekly column.
In 1984, Katz received a congressional fellowship from The American Political Science Association, during which he served on the staff of Rep. Barbara Kennelly and Sen. Al Gore.
From 1986 to 1989, Katz was The Milwaukee Journal's political reporter, covering campaigns for president, Congress, governor, mayor and county executive. He developed public opinion polls, analyzed local and state public policy issues and occasionally covered Chicago politics. He also wrote a bi-weekly column.
He became a staff writer for Governing Magazine in 1990, writing about state and local public policy issues, and then joined Congressional Quarterly two years later. At CQ Weekly Report, Katz mainly covered social policy issues, including welfare, education, housing, urban affairs, low-income nutrition programs, child welfare and the appropriations process. He later covered the House leadership, impeachment and ethics process.
Katz participated in the first conference of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland in 1993, then served on its national advisory board for a number of years.
Katz graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1978.