NPR’s Lynette Clemetson Named Director of U-M's Wallace House for Journalists

April 05, 2016, 11:49 AM

Lynette Clemetson

Lynette Clemetson, senior director of strategy and content initiatives at NPR, and a former reporter for Newsweek and the New York Times, has been named director of the Knight-Wallace Fellowships at the University of Michigan's Wallace House, a program for mid-career journalists from around the world.

She will also head up the Livingston Awards at the university. Clemetson will assume the new post on July 1. She replaces Charles Charles R. Eisendrath, who is retiring after three decades. 

“Lynette Clemetson will further strengthen the University of Michigan’s engagement with modern journalism,” U-M President Mark Schlissel said in a statement. “The Knight-Wallace Fellowships and the Livingston Awards recognize and support journalists who are helping us gain a deeper understanding of the most complex issues facing our world.”

“The programs of Wallace House are vital to journalism, even more so in today’s complex media world,” said Clemetson, a Knight-Wallace fellow in 2009-10, according to a press release. 

The Knight-Wallace Fellowship program, founded in 1973, has allowed 677 mid-career journalists from 35 countries to take a break from the daily grind and spend an academic year at U-M, taking courses that interest them.

The Livingston Awards, often dubbed the “Pulitzer for the young,” offers $10,000 prizes to journalists under the age of 35 for local, national and international reporting, according to the press release. -- Allan Lengel

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