columnist Wendi C. Thomas will be spending the next 10 months as a fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Thomas joins 22 other U.S.-based and international journalists for the highly selective fellowship. She is the Louis Stark Nieman Fellow. The fellowship honors the memory of the New York Times
reporter who was a pioneer in the field of labor reporting.
While at Harvard, Thomas plans to study economic justice and public policy and how to deepen the public conversation about the intersection of the two.
Her career spans 22 years and four newsrooms, including The Commercial Appeal
, where she was the metro columnist and assistant managing editor for 11 years. Previously, she was an editor at The Charlotte Observer
, a reporter and editor at The Tennessean
in Nashville and a reporter at The Indianapolis Star
. She is a graduate of Butler University.
The purpose of the Nieman Foundation is to educate leaders in journalism and elevate the standards of the profession through special programs that convene scholars and experts in all fields.
Since 1938, more than 1,400 journalists from 93 countries have been awarded Nieman Fellowships.