Thomas Fiedler began his tenure as Dean of the College of Communication at Boston University in 2008, following a distinguished career in journalism. Mr. Fiedler spent more than 30 years at The Miami Herald as an investigative reporter, political columnist, editorial page editor, and, from 2001 to 2007, executive editor.
In 1987, after presidential hopeful Gary Hart told journalists accusing the candidate of marital infidelity to follow him around, Fiedler and other Herald reporters took him up on the challenge, and exposed Hart’s campaign-killing affair with a Miami model. A year later, Mr. Fiedler received the Society of Professional Journalists’ top award for his coverage of the 1988 presidential election. In 1991, his investigative reporting on a Herald series about a religious cult helped earn the paper a Pulitzer Prize.
Mr. Fiedler was also a Visiting Murrow Lecturer and Goldsmith Fellow at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, where he investigated the impact of the web on the presidential primary system and taught a graduate course on the intersection of media, politics and public policy. The veteran journalist also co-directed a Carnegie Corporation and Knight Foundation-sponsored project that explored the future of journalism education.