Profile

Louise Kiernan
Northwestern University

Louise Kiernan is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she focuses on narrative and investigative reporting and co-directs the school’s social justice initiative. She is also editor of the Nieman Storyboard, a website sponsored by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University that highlights the art and craft of storytelling in all mediums. She joined the Medill faculty in 2010 from the Chicago Tribune, where she worked for 18 years as a reporter and editor. During a 10-year stint as a special projects reporter at the Tribune, she won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting as lead writer of a series on problems with air travel and was a Pulitzer finalist in the same category that year for an individual project. Her work has also been recognized with a number of other awards, among them the 2007 Sigma Delta Chi award for feature writing and inclusion in Best Newspaper Writing 2008 and Best Newspaper Writing 1998. She was a 2005 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, has served on the Nieman fellowship selection committee and chaired two Pulitzer Prize juries.