David Folkenflik

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David Folkenflik
Born (1969-09-15) September 15, 1969 (age 52)
EducationB.A. Cornell University
Known forMedia correspondent for National Public Radio
Spouse(s)Jesse Baker
Parent(s)Vivian and Robert Folkenflik

David Folkenflik (born September 15, 1969)[1] is an American reporter based in New York City and serving as media correspondent for National Public Radio. He was also one of the hosts of NPR & WBUR's On Point. His work primarily appears on the NPR news programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appeared regularly on the "Media Circus" segment on the former Talk of the Nation.[2]

Early life, family and education[edit]

Folkenflik is the son of Vivian and Robert Folkenflik, both college professors at the University of California, Irvine.[3] He is of Jewish descent.[4][5]

In 1991, he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in History. At Cornell, he was editor in chief of The Cornell Daily Sun and was a member of the Quill and Dagger, Cornell's senior honor society.[2]


Folkenflik started at The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina. He spent more than 10 years at The Baltimore Sun, covering higher education, the United States Congress, and the mass media, before joining NPR in 2004.[2]

He has reported on many topics, including the undisclosed payments made by New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald to a teenaged webcam child pornographer named Justin Berry[6] and on the ethical challenges faced by reporters who are also medical doctors who have travelled to Haiti to report on and assist with the recovery after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[7][8]

He is active in public service, and has served as a commentator during "The Changing Face of News – What’s Next?" event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Folkenflik married Jesse Baker.[3]


  1. ^ "Jewish Insider's Daily Kickoff: Friday September 14, 2018". Haaretz. September 14, 2018. Saturday: NPR's Media Correspondent, David Folkenflik turns 49...
  2. ^ a b c National Public Radio (2007-02-22). "David Folkenflik, Correspondent, Media, Arts Information Unit". Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  3. ^ a b "Jesse Baker, David Folkenflik". The New York Times. 2010-04-30. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  4. ^ Reinherz, Adam (January 14, 2019). "NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik speaks in Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. He recounted growing up Jewish in Orange County, Calif., his beginnings in print media and the current role of contemporary journalists.
  5. ^ Weiner, Robert (January 29, 2014). "Jewish figures on all sides of 'Bridgegate'". New Jersey Jewish News. Robert Folkenflik, professor emeritus at University of California, Irvine, who knew Samson as a child in Hillside and later as a fraternity brother at Zeta Beta Tau on Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus
  6. ^ Folkenflik, David (2007-10-19). "Seizures Hurt Memory, Ex-'Times' Reporter Says". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved 2010-01-25 – via NPR.org.
  7. ^ Folkenflik, David (2010-01-20). "Reporters Who Are MDs Find Lines Blurred In Haiti". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved 2010-01-25 – via NPR.org.
  8. ^ "David Folkenflik archive". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2010-01-25 – via NPR.org.
  9. ^ "Welcome to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics". anselm.edu. Saint Anselm College. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2016.