Jacqui Banaszynski is the assistant managing editor/Sunday at The Seattle Times and holds the Knight chair in journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her series, “AIDS in the Heartland,” covering the life and death of a gay farm couple with AIDS, won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
Rick Bragg, a 1992 Nieman Fellow and a 1996 Pulitzer Prizewinner for feature writing, is a national correspondent for The New York Times. Bragg is the author of three books—most recently, “Ava’s Man,” a memoir of his mother’s father, who died just before the author was born.
Jim Collins has written for The Sun literary journal, Outside, Glamour, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and Reader’s Digest. He was most recently editor for Yankee magazine and, for 15 years, an editor of Yankee Homes. Collins is the author of the book “Mentors” and is now at work on a narrative book about a minor-league baseball team.
Bruce DeSilva launched and now directs The Associated Press enterprise department, which produces in-depth national and international stories with an emphasis on narrative. Before joining The A.P. in 1995, DeSilva was associate editor for writing and editing at The Hartford Courant.
Nora Ephron co-wrote several screenplays, including “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Silkwood” and “Heartburn.” Prior to her work in cinema, Ephron was a reporter for the New York Post and an editor and columnist for Esquire and New York magazine. She is the author of “Crazy Salad” and “Scribble, Scribble.”
David Fanning, creator and senior executive producer of “Frontline,” is executive producer at WGBH/Boston. In 1983, he began the weekly documentary series that became “Frontline.” Since that time, “Frontline” has won Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, and numerous other prizes.
Jon Franklin, as a reporter for The (Baltimore) Sun, won the first Pulitzer Prizes ever awarded in the categories of feature writing (1979) and explanatory journalism (1985). He is the Philip Merrill Professor of Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the founder and moderator of WriterL, a subscription-only Listserv for writers. His books include “The Molecules of the Mind” and “Writing for Story.”
Tom French is a staff writer at the St. Petersburg Times. For the past decade he has worked as project reporter specializing in serial narratives. For his serial work, “Angels & Demons,” he received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Other projects have included “A Cry in the Night” and “South Heaven,” later published as books.
Bob Giles, a 1966 Nieman Fellow, is curator of the Nieman Foundation and formerly a senior vice president of The Freedom Forum. Giles served as managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and editor of The Detroit News when each paper won a Pulitzer Prize.
Stan Grossfeld, a 1992 Nieman Fellow, is a photographer and associate editor of The Boston Globe. He received Pulitzer prizes in 1984 and 1985 for his work in Ethiopia, at the U.S.-Mexican border, and in Lebanon, and won two consecutive Overseas Press Club awards, first for best photographic reporting from abroad, then for “human compassion” for his work in Ethiopia. His books include “Lost Futures: Our Forgotten Children” and “Nantucket: The Other Season.”
Jack Hart is a managing editor at The Oregonian, where he also has worked as a reporter, arts editor, Sunday magazine editor, training editor, and writing coach. He has edited two Pulitzer Prize-winning articles (and contributed to a third), and his work has also won many national journalism awards.
Emily Hiestand is a writer and visual artist. For her writing she has received several major awards, including the National Poetry Series award, the Whiting Award, and the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of three books—“Green the Witch Hazel Wood,” “The Very Rich Hours,” and “Angela the Upside-Down Girl”—and co-founder of Communicators for Nuclear Disarmament.
Adam Hochschild is a teacher, author, former newspaper reporter, and co-founder of Mother Jones magazine. He has written five books, including “Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son” and “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards and won a J. Anthony Lukas Prize and other awards in the United States and abroad.
Steven A. Holmes is an editor in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. He wrote some of the articles and helped edit many others in the Times’ 15-part series “How Race Is Lived In America,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Mark Kramer is writer in residence at the Nieman Foundation and director of the Nieman Narrative Journalism Program. From 1991-2001, he was writer in residence and professor of journalism at Boston University. His books include “Three Farms: Making Milk, Meat and Money from the American Soil,” “Invasive Procedures: A Year in the World of Two Surgeons,” and “Travels With a Hungry Bear: A Journey to the Russian Heartland,” and an anthology that he co-edited, “Literary Journalism.”
Jill Lepore is associate professor of history at Boston University and the author of two books, “The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity,” which won the Bancroft Prize and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, and “A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States.”
Stewart O’Nan has written many novels, including “A Prayer for the Dying,” “Everyday People,” “The Speed Queen,” “A World Away,” “The Names of the Dead,” and “Snow Angels.”
Richard Read, a 1997 Nieman Fellow, is The Oregonian’s senior writer for international affairs and special projects. He reported and wrote “The French Fry Connection,” which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. His coverage with three other reporters of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service won The Oregonian the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Christopher “Chip” Scanlan is reporting, writing and editing group leader at The Poynter Institute. He has been a reporter for the Providence Journal, feature writer for the St. Petersburg Times, and national correspondent for Knight Ridder newspapers. Scanlan is author of “Reporting and Writing: Basics for the 21st Century” and numerous published articles, essays and short stories. He edited “Best Newspaper Writing 2000.”
Ilan Stavans teaches Spanish at Amherst College. His books include “On Borrowed Words,” “The Hispanic Condition,” “The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories,” and “Tropical Synagogues.” He edited “The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays” and “The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories.”
Gay Talese, credited by Tom Wolfe for creating “the new journalism,” is the author of several nonfiction books, including “Unto the Sons,” “The Kingdom and the Power,” “Honor Thy Father,” and “The Bridge.”
Nan Talese is a senior vice president at Doubleday and the publisher and editorial director of her own literary imprint—Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. She has edited and published many well-known works of fiction and nonfiction.
Isabel Wilkerson is currently on leave from The New York Times to work on a book about the migration of African Americans from the South to the North as seen through the stories of several generations of families. While she was Chicago bureau chief for the Times, she won, among other awards, a Pulitzer Prize.