Niemans @ Work

Behind the Data Curtain

By Niemans @ Work September 11, 2014

In my first reporting job out of college, I traveled across Communist Eastern Europe and wrote travel guidebooks. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, I obtained my secret police file, which showed that Stasi agents had trailed me … Read more

Caught in the Crossfire

By Niemans @ Work September 11, 2014

Over the past year, Holly Williams, NF ’08, a correspondent for CBS News, has covered conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine. Earlier this summer she made her first trip to Gaza: On my eighth morning in Gaza, I woke up … Read more

Film as Long-form

By Niemans @ Work September 11, 2014

There should be a recovery group for what I am: an author of nonfiction books, born in the 1970s. Yet I received shared Emmy and National Magazine Award nominations in multimedia this year. How so? It started with a … Read more

Covering the Home Front

By Niemans @ Work July 17, 2014

I started working in the media with the hope of bringing change. My main hope was to help my people understand their rights and obligations as citizens, to monitor the government’s performance, and hold accountable the wrongdoers. Journalists … Read more

From Chile, with Thanks

By Niemans @ Work July 17, 2014

My Nieman year gave me a strong sense of the truly globalized conversation in which we can all take part. When I returned to Chile, as the host of a radio program in Santiago and a correspondent for the … Read more

Heart of Darkness

By Niemans @ Work July 17, 2014

Right about the time that my late husband was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, I started obsessing on vampire novels. There I was, sitting by my husband’s bedside, pondering mortality, and reading these novels—270 by the end. A couple … Read more

Make an Entrance

By Niemans @ Work January 29, 2014

I think I should just come right out and admit it: I’ve become obsessed with gates. I don’t dream of them, but I fixate on them. Even when the word “gate” isn’t in italics or boldface type, it jumps … Read more

Telling Malala’s Story

By Niemans @ Work January 29, 2014

Five years ago when I interviewed a schoolmaster campaigning against Taliban who had taken over his remote mountain valley of Swat in northern Pakistan, I couldn’t imagine how it would change my life. He was the father of Malala … Read more