Louise Kiernan

About 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.

Best of the best of the best?

By Short Takes October 2, 2014

Here’s a highly curated list for you. Robert Atwan, the editor of the “Best American Essays” series, has selected for the Publishers Weekly website his top 10 essays since 1950. Atwan is careful to point out that he chose the best … Read more

Pearls before Breakfast, Reprised

By Short Takes September 30, 2014

Almost anyone who loves narrative journalism or music or social experiments or who simply believes that children are wiser than adults knows the Gene Weingarten story “Pearls Before Breakfast.” In this Washington Post magazine piece, which won the 2008 … Read more

Required Reading, Session Two

By Short Takes September 9, 2014

Welcome to the second session of our discussion with narrative instructors about the stories they’re assigning students this fall. If you missed Monday’s recommendations from Alex Kotlowitz, Doug Foster and Kelley Benham French, you can … Read more

Required Reading, Session One

By Short Takes September 8, 2014

As the academic year gets underway, we decided to ask some top narrative journalism instructors what they’re assigning their students to study this semester and why. There are some tried-and-true favorites, certainly. You might expect Susan Orlean‘s … Read more

3 (Stories) for 2 (Days)

By Short Takes September 5, 2014

It’s time for Storyboard’s three weekend picks. Here they are: In honor of Roger Federer’s gritty performance in Thursday’s U.S. Open quarterfinal, it seems fitting to re-read David Foster Wallace’s 2006 essay about him in The New … Read more