Friday, May 3, 2019


The trustees of the Martin Wise Goodman Trust announce that KARYN PUGLIESE, Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at APTN, the world’s first Indigenous television network, has been awarded the twenty fifth Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

This fellowship is funded by a publicly subscribed permanent endowment in memory of Martin Wise Goodman, late President of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.

Ms. Pugliese will join twenty-six other journalists in the 82nd class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University.  The fellowship carries a stipend for living expenses and payment of fees to Harvard University.

“I am deeply grateful to the Martin Wise Goodman Trust and to the Neiman Foundation for making this opportunity of a lifetime available to a Canadian journalist. I am humbled to have been chosen as the 25th recipient. I thank the Goodman family for this gift, and for empowering myself and all the previous recipients to pursue our curiosity and inspiration to contribute to our profession and the public good. I look forward to a transformative year of learning and sharing with the other Neiman fellows and scholars at Harvard University,” Ms. Pugliese said after an eight member Selection Committee awarded her the biennial fellowship.   While at Harvard, Ms. Pugliese will study the strategies newsroom leadership and educators can utilize to implement Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action for media and journalism schools.

Ms. Pugliese is the Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at APTN. Her investigative journalism has garnered national attention over a 20+ year career. She was recently named the 2019 Hyman Solomon Award winner, and previously received the Gordon Sinclair Award, the Charles Bury Award, and multiple Native American Journalism Awards. Ms. Pugliese supports media rights through her work as a board member of CJFE (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression) and as President of the CAJ (Canadian Association of Journalists). She is also an ambassador for JHR (Journalist for Human Rights).

The Nieman Fellowships were established for American journalists in 1938 in memory of Lucius W. Nieman, founder of the Milwaukee Journal. It provides for a year of study for working journalists in any department of Harvard University as well as a seminar program. Previously, thirteen Canadian journalists had gone to Harvard on this program under other funding, including Martin Goodman (Nieman fellow class of '62).

This year’s Canadian Nieman Fellowship Selection committee consisted of Anne Marie Lipinski, Curator, The Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University; Malcolm Kirk, president of The Canadian Press; Douglas Knight, chair & CEO of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards; David Skok, CEO & Editor-in-Chief at The Logic; Ed Greenspon, President and CEO, Public Policy ForumJonathan Goodman, Global Managing Partner of Monitor Deloitte and Chair of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship;  Lauren Goodman, Administrator of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship; and Janis Goodman, wife of the late Martin Goodman.

“The Selection Committee was very impressed with Karyn’s journalism, her enthusiasm for her craft, and her industry and community leadership.  We are certain that Karyn will benefit greatly from, but also contribute uniquely to, the Nieman Program,” said Jonathan Goodman, Chairman of the Canadian Nieman Fellowship.