Louise Kiernan

About Louise Kiernan

Louise Kiernan

Louise Kiernan is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, focusing on narrative, investigative and social issues reporting. She is also co-director of the school’s Social Justice News Nexus. She joined Medill in 2010 from the Chicago Tribune, where she worked for 18 years as a reporter and editor, most recently as enterprise editor, managing a team writing in-depth features and coaching staff throughout the newsroom. She won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting as lead writer of a series on air travel and was a finalist in the same category for an individual project. She was a 2005 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, has served on the Nieman fellowship selection committee, and chaired two Pulitzer Prize juries, for investigative and explanatory reporting.

Memorial Day Reading List

By Short Takes May 22, 2015

It’s easy to forget, amid all the cookouts and trips to the beach, that Memorial Day was created to remember the men and women who have died in military service. In honor of the holiday, we’ve gathered a few outstanding … Read more

Three Pulitzer Winners to Read Now

By Short Takes April 21, 2015

The Pulitzer Prizes are revealed in one fell swoop, winners and finalists alike, 21 separate categories that cover everything from music to history to local news reporting. And many of the winning stories consist of multiple parts. So, if you’re … Read more

Pinker, King and Sager on writing

By Short Takes October 10, 2014

For this weekend’s selections, Storyboard recommends reading about writing; we’re highlighting some recent articles that feature advice from authors whose worlds range from horror to science to journalism. Harvard cognitive scientist, psychologist and dictionary boss Steven Pinker — he’s … Read more