Alicia Shepard

Alicia Shepard is an award-winning journalist and expert on the media and media ethics. The former ombudsman for NPR, she recently returned from two years in Afghanistan where she worked with Afghan journalists and the US Embassy. Follow her on Twitter: @Ombudsman.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
How Donald Trump Gave ‘Nasty’ Women Their Voices
When I was younger, and New York City’s 42 nd Street a seedier version, I used to contort my face as I moved through the crowds trying to make myself as unattractive as possible. That way, I wouldn’t be groped. Or have some weirdo begging to have sex with me. Since the lewd Donald Trump sex-talk...
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Fact-Checking in the Age of Trump
Glenn Kessler was going to take the night off from The Washington Post’ s “ Fact Checker ” blog and just watch Donald Trump’s long-awaited immigration speech in Phoenix on Aug. 31. But after 30 minutes, he couldn’t help himself. He emailed his colleague, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, and said, “I really...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Goodbye to the Loudest Drunk in NPR’s Online Bar
Good riddance to NPR’s comment section, which is shutting down Tuesday after eight years. There has to be a better way for news organizations to engage with the public. NPR is joining a growing list of media organizations that have said “finito” to comments including, ‘This American Life,’ Reuters...
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
In Reality, This Was a Media Convention
More than 15,000 journalists descended on Cleveland to cover the Republican National Convention. But it was an unemployed TV reporter sitting in a Starbucks in Los Angeles, 2,345 miles away, who broke the biggest story of the week. Laid-off TV journalist Jarrett Hill ‘s scoop dominated two days of...
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