Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:52
It was announced
this morning that the former Editor of the Chicago Tribune, Ann Marie Lipinski, has been named to take over as the Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Ann Marie Lipinski was the Editor of the Chicago Tribune from 2001 through 2008. She left the newspaper in July 2008, only a few months after Sam Zell and Randy Michaels took over control of the historic periodical, over disagreements about the direction the new ownership and executive management wished to go. She said she simply wasn't a "good fit" there any more. She had been with the Chicago Tribune since 1978, when she was just an intern there, being hired as a full-time reporter soon after. In 1987, Lipinski won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for being part of a team of reporters that investigated corruption within the Chicago City Council.
Since leaving the Chicago Tribune, Lipinski has been a senior lecturer and the Vice-President for Civic Engagement for the University of Chicago. Additionally, she is Chairperson of the board of the University of Chicago Charter School, is Co-Chairperson of the Pulitzer Prize board, sits on the advisory board of the Chicago News Cooperative, and sits on the board of visitors for Stanford University's Knight Fellowships for journalists.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard was established in 1938 and is said to be the world's oldest mid-career fellowship program for journalists. Journalists from countries worldwide have received Nieman Fellowships, which gave them a year of study and exploration at Harvard University, with the purpose of elevating the standards of journalism.
In June, Lipinksi will be replacing Bob Giles, who has been Curator for the last ten years, but last October, announced his desire to retire in June 2011.
As the new head of the Nieman Foundation, Ann Marie Lipinski will oversee the fellowship program, conferences, seminars, journalism awards, and publications.
In today's announcement from Harvard University, retiring Nieman curator Bob Giles said: "Ann Marie is a highly respected journalist who will bring fresh ideas for continued growth to the Nieman Foundation in its critical role as a voice for excellence and innovation in the world of journalism. It is an honor to welcome her to this important role."
Ann Marie Lipinski said in the statement: "Harvard and the Nieman Foundation have an extraordinary record of promoting and elevating the standards of journalism, and there is more to be done. I look forward to working with colleagues at universities and news organizations globally in addressing the challenges and promise of journalism. Harvard's deep commitment to this work and to excellence makes this an extraordinary time to be at Nieman."