Cameron McWhirter

About Cameron McWhirter

Cameron McWhirter

Cameron McWhirter, a 2007 Nieman Fellow, is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author, with Zusha Elinson,  of “American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15,” and author of “Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America.”

A History of the AR-15

By Niemans @ Work March 12, 2024

Cameron McWhirter, NF ’07, on the reporting behind the book “American Gun”  Zusha Elinson and I are reporters for The Wall Street Journal. He works out of San Francisco; I work out of Atlanta. We’ve covered a lot of mass … Read more

A Day When Nothing Dramatic Happened

By April 7, 2014

Our Nieman class, arriving in the fall of 2006, had a contingent of journalists who came to leafy, placid Cambridge from covering Iraq and Afghanistan. For them, the year was in large part about getting distance from war. Not having … Read more

Carl Sandburg’s Reporting Foretold the Chicago Race Riots of 1919

By Diversity September 13, 2011

“Diversity fatigue has been alive and well in America's news industry for many years,” writes Milton Coleman, a senior editor at The Washington Post and an organizer of Leadership in Diversity: New Models for Growing Audience, Talent and Revenues, a two-part conference taking place this year. Racial practices in newsrooms disquiet blacks, but discussions about them surface mostly among minority journalists. As black journalists leave mainstream news organizations for websites, issues of financial viability, resources for reporting, and their site’s impact follow them. Read more