The Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship A Project of Turkish Philanthropy Funds

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) are proud to launch the Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship to support the work of exceptional Turkish journalists.

The fellowship honors the memory of journalist, filmmaker and news executive Robert L. Long. The Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship is open to journalists who are Turkish citizens. The fellowship is fully funded and supports fellows in two semesters of study at Harvard University. Fellows participate in the activities of the Nieman Foundation and engage with Nieman classmates and faculty at the university. They audit courses and take part in master classes and journalism workshops designed to strengthen their professional and leadership skills. Information about the fellowship is available on Nieman website.


  • TPF Cottonwood: $25,000 - $49,000
  • TPF Cedar: $10,000 - $24,999
  • TPF Oak: $5,000 - $9,999
  • TPF Cypress: $1,000 - $4,999
  • TPF Yew: $500 - $1,000

The Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship Fund
c/o Turkish Philanthropy Funds
120 East 23rd Street, 5th Fl
New York, NY 10010

Please make checks payable to Turkish Philanthropy Funds and add "Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship" in the memo.

G. Lincoln McCurdy, president of the Turkish Coalition of America and a friend of Long's, said "I was fortunate to witness Robert's passion for Turkey as the two of us traveled extensively in the country. In the United States, Robert was always supporting Turkish-American causes. As a journalist and media executive, he was also concerned with the integrity and the development of Journalism in Turkey. He engaged on the grassroots level by giving moral support to the Turkish reporters and highlighting the importance of maintaining high journalistic standards in their profession."

Bill Press, host of "The Bill Press Show" and former host of CNN's "Crossfire," worked under Long when he served as news director at KCOP. Press remembers Long's "contagious joie de vivre" and his exemplary leadership skills: "In over 40 years of television broadcasting, I've worked with a lot of news executives. Bob Long was by far the smartest, sharpest and most successful of them all. Hew knew how to inspire and bring out the best in everybody on his team. He had a keen sense for news. He was fearless."

About Robert L. Long

A journalist, filmmaker and broadcast executive, Robert L. Long had a wide-ranging career including work developing motion picture scripts and serving in newsrooms on both the East and West coasts. Long served as KNBC's vice president and news director from 2003 to 2009, at which point he retired and explored film projects and taught journalism at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. He had previously served as vice president for news and operations at WRC-TV, the NBC-owned station in Washington, D.C. His prior television news experience included news gathering, production and management jobs at the CBS-owned KNXT (now KCBS), UPN Television's KCOP and Disney Television, all in Los Angeles.

Before his death in August 2016, Long served as an executive producer for the Voice of America's Mandarin service and as a program analyst for the International Broadcasting Bureau's Office of Performance Review. He received many awards for his work throughout his career, including a number of Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards and a Peabody Award in 2005 for investigative journalism. He also received the Presidential Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Supported by 5 Donations:

  • James M.
    Bob Long was a dear friend. I firmly support his dedication to a free and vibrant press and have a great respect for the Nieman Fellowship program.
  • Silhouette
    Robert had always exemplifies the motto "Semper Fidelis " and always giving of himself...his wonderful and loving wife continues his legacy. Thanks
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