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David Folkenflik

Media Correspondent, NPR News

David Folkenflik was described by Geraldo Rivera of Fox News 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 serves as NPR's media correspondent.

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. Folkenflik has reported intently on the relationship between the press, politicians, and the general public, as well as the fight over the flow of information in the age of Trump. Folkenflik brought listeners the profile of a 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 repeatedly broke news involving the troubled Tronc company, which owns some of the most important regional newspapers in the country. In early 2018, Folkenflik's exposé about the past workplace behavior of the CEO of the Los Angeles Times forced the executive's immediate ouster from that job and helped inspire the sale of the newspaper.

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 Herald-Sun in North Carolina. Folkenflik served as editor-in-chief at the Cornell Daily Sun and graduated from Cornell with a bachelor's degree in history.

A five-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. In 2018, the Society of Professional Journalists recognized Folkenflik with its 2018 Ethics in Journalism Award. In 2017, Penn State University named Folkenflik as the nation's leading media critic with the Bart Richards Award. He also served as the inaugural Irik Sevin Fellow at Cornell. Folkenflik frequently lectures at college campuses and civic organizations across the country and often appears as a media analyst for television and radio programs in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, and Ireland.

Story Archive

Thursday

Former Fox News staffer Laura Luhn sued the network yesterday alleging years of sexual abuse by its former chairman, the late Roger Ailes. Ailes is shown above in July 2016 outside Fox's New York City headquarters shortly before his ouster. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy announced his retirement on Wednesday. The company says the move was not prompted by recent scandals. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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NPR and The New York Times have asked a Delaware judge to consider unsealing hundreds of documents in Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion dollar defamation lawsuit against Fox News. Timothy A. Clary /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

M&M's pause of its spokescandies comes after a right-wing backlash to changes in the Green and Brown M&Ms and the addition of the Purple M&M. Twitter/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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M&M's replaces its spokescandies with Maya Rudolph after Tucker Carlson's rants

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Maya Rudolph is the new face of M&M's ad campaign

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Monday

Tucker Carlson's war on M&M's

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Fox News' defense in defamation suit invokes debunked election-fraud claims

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Sunday

Dominion Voting System's $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News goes to trial

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Sunday

Wednesday

How the media is covering allegations that Biden mishandled classified documents

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Friday

Barbara Walters, pictured here in New York City in 2004, has died at 93. Evan Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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Trailblazing journalist Barbara Walters has died at 93

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Saturday

She was an ABC News producer. She also was a corporate operative

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Thursday

Fox News host Sean Hannity, a close ally of former President Trump, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in August 2022. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

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She was an ABC News producer. She also was a corporate operative

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Monday

Two regional utilities, Alabama Power and Florida Power & Light, hired the consulting firm Matrix to help shape their fortunes. Matrix paid six news sites that attacked officials who challenged the companies. Tracy J. Lee for NPR hide caption

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In the Southeast, power company money flows to news sites that attack their critics

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