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David Folkenflik

Media Correspondent, Business Desk

Geraldo Rivera of Fox News has described NPR's David Folkenflik as "a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter." Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, once gave him a "laurel" for reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad.

Based in New York City, Folkenflik is the media correspondent for NPR News. His stories and analyses are broadcast on the network's newsmagazines, such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Here & Now, and are featured on NPR's website and mobile platforms. Folkenflik's reports cast light on the stories of our age, the figures who shape journalism and the tectonic shifts affecting the news industry. He profiled the Las Vegas columnist who went bankrupt fending off a libel lawsuit from his newspaper's new owner; conducted the first interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet after his appointment; and chronicled how the demands of technology have forced the press corps to change how it covers presidential primaries.

Folkenflik is the author of Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires. The Los Angeles Times called Murdoch's World "meaty reading... laced with delicious anecdotes" and the Huffington Post described it as "the gift that keeps on giving." Folkenflik is also editor of Page One: Inside the New York Times and the Future of Journalism. His work has appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, Politico Magazine, Newsweek International, the National Post of Canada, and the Australian Financial Review. Business Insider has called Folkenflik one of the 50 most influential people in American media.

Folkenflik joined NPR in 2004 after more than a decade at the Baltimore Sun, where he covered higher education, national politics, and the media. He started his professional career at the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun. Folkenflik served as editor-in-chief at the Cornell Daily Sun and graduated from Cornell with a bachelor's degree in history.

A four-time winner of the Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism from the National Press Club, Folkenflik has received numerous other recognitions, including the inaugural 2002 Mongerson Award for Investigative Reporting on the News and 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 across the country. He often appears as a media analyst for television and radio programs in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia and Ireland. Folkenflik lives with his wife, who is the senior director for original content at Audible (wholly owned by Amazon), and children in New York City.

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Fallout At The 'Los Angeles Times' After Report Of Publisher's 'Frat House' Behavior

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Accusations Of 'Frat House' Behavior Trail 'LA Times' Publisher's Career

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Former colleagues allege former Fox News reporter James Rosen was ousted after sexually harassing female co-workers. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters hide caption

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Top Fox News D.C. Reporter James Rosen Left Network After Harassment Claims

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'Fire And Fury' Sourcing Under Scrutiny

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'Los Angeles Times' Newsroom Employees To Vote On Unionizing

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'Daily Beast' Editor-In-Chief Says Unusual Reporter Pairing Is Behind Latest Success

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Walt Disney Company To Buy Much Of 21st Century Fox

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Rupert Murdoch is selling off TV and entertainment assets at 21st Century Fox as he faces deep-pocketed competitors and tensions between his sons. Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This Mouse Swallows Part Of A Fox: Disney Buys Most Of Murdoch Empire

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ABC News And NBC News Dealing With Turmoil In The Aftermath Of Unrelated Incidents

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The Latest Caught Up In Sexual Misconduct Scandals: Lauer, Keillor

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NBC Fires 'Today' Host Matt Lauer Following Complaint Of 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior'

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Matt Lauer Fired By NBC For 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior'

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'Washington Post' Exposure Of Sting Operation Shows Power Of Fact-Based Reporting

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