Bill Kovach

NPF Award Winner: Bill Kovach - Bill Kovach

Bill Kovach 2009

Committee of Concerned Journalists

Bill Kovach is the founding chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists and its programs. He has been a journalist and writer for 50 years. In that time he was chief of the New York Times Washington Bureau, served as executive editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and curator of the Nieman Fellowships at Harvard University. He served two years as Ombudsman for Brill’s Content magazine. Kovach is co-author with Tom Rosenstiel of The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect (Crown 2001), which was awarded Harvard University’s Goldsmith Book Prize (2002), the Sigma Delta Chi award for research in journalism and the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism. Kovach and Rosenstiel also co-authored Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media (Century Press in 1999).

He has taught at the Missouri University Journalism School; Middle Tennessee State University; the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has been honored by major journalism groups in the U.S. and internationally. Kovach is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists.

He serves on a number of boards including the Center for Public Integrity, and the advisory board of the Consortium of Investigative Reporters; the advisory board of Harvard Magazine; the advisory board of the I.F. Stone Awards; the advisory board of the Native American Journalists Foundation, among others.

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