Norfolk State Grad Jeneé Osterheldt Named Harvard Nieman Fellow


Jeneé Osterheldt, The Star’s lifestyle and culture columnist, has been accepted to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism program at Boston’s Harvard University. She is one of 24 journalists — ranging from reporters to editors to digital strategists — in the Nieman class of 2017, announced Tuesday.

As a fellow, Osterheldt plans to study “theories of discrimination and their application to storytelling on diverse subjects. Her research will include black and women’s studies, as well as the history of feminism.”

Osterheldt is a Virginia native and graduated from Norfolk State University with a bachelor’s in journalism in 2001.

She has been a Knight Ridder rotating intern, launched “The Scenario” nightlife column at The Star and has spent nearly nine years as a columnist who is not afraid to fly at the new iFly and not afraid to write about how post-racial America is not a reality for many blacks — as evidenced by the deaths in Charleston, Baltimore, Ferguson, New York and many other cities.

The Nieman fellows will begin their residency at Harvard this fall for an academic year.