Summary

I am a journalist with extensive experience as a reporter, editor and newsroom manager with a track record for building an audience online. In recent years, I've focused on data storytelling on national politics, business, demographics and foreign affairs. 

Data-Driven Analysis

New Digital Storytelling

Praise For New Initiatives at Pew Research

“Every major news organization should have something like Pew’s Fact Tank. It’s on a mission, it’s built for sharing, and it’s an efficient way to get two pieces of content from one bit of work.”

--Joshua Benton, Director of Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.

Work History

Work History
May 2012 - Present

Senior Digital Editor

Pew Research Center

I launched and currently edit Fact Tank, Pew Research Center's data journalism blog, which has quickly developed a following among the world's top journalists, global public policy makers, researchers and politicians. The blog delivers on the organization's key strategy to engage and build a direct digital audience across the U.S. and in key foreign countries. In the one year+ since launch, the blog has grown Pew Research Center's traffic by more than 60 percent. Posts are regularly reblogged by The New York Times's Upshot data blog, Vox Media and Nate Silver's 538, among others. 

I oversee the organization's branded social media accounts and digital strategy, and our social audience has tripled during my tenure. I manage an editorial team of writers, editors and web producers that creates digital content based on the Center's data findings.

Aug 2009 - Apr 2012

Senior News Director

The Washington Post

Oversaw daily operation and digital news strategy for The Washington Post, including mobile news alerts, national homepage and promotion of multimedia special projects, working with all aspects of the newsroom. Worked on daily basis with reporters and editors on breaking news stories and led daily front-page news meeting with digital news planning report. Coordinated photo, video and social media teams within the newsroom to execute competitive news strategy during peak web traffic hours. Digital audience expanded by 20 percent during tenure, after four years of flat performance.

Worked with search-engine optimization and social media teams to plan news coverage and expand audience. Managed news partnerships with Yahoo!,  ABC News and AOL.com, among others. 

Supervised digital producers. Served on video steering committee charged with growing video views on website, resulting in double-digit year-over-year growth.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2009

Digital Editor, Business News

The Washington Post

Launched and edited economic blog "Economy Watch" in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, enabling The Post's financial news team to stay on top of rapid developments. Coordinated news planning with reporters and editors for daily Business print edition and website. 

Jan 2001 - Jan 2007

National Reporter

The Washington Post

Served as national aviation security and safety reporter after terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Wrote accountability articles on the federal government’s efforts to prevent another airline attack and exposed vulnerabilities in front-page articles that drew national attention and resulted in inspector general investigations. Flew with undercover air marshals and attended training with first group of airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit. Wrote investigative stories about the FAA's safety lapses.

Appeared as on-air expert guest on MSNBC, National Public Radio, “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” C-Span, and local television and radio stations.

Jan 1998 - Jan 2000

Reporter

The Wall Street Journal

Covered transportation, tourism, technology and legal issues for The Wall Street Journal New England, a regional edition. Regularly scooped local competitors on major economic development projects, such as Boston’s new runway at Logan International Airport and a $700 million convention center.

Social Media

Public Speaking

Leadership/ Speaking engagements

Speaker, Knight Digital Media Center

Charlotte, N.C., October 2014. "Media Spaces Where People Live...and How to Connect With Them."

Speaker, Knight Digital Media Center/Scripps Workshop for News Editors

Oxnard, Calif., 2013. 

Keynote Speaker, Knight Digital Media Center Workshop for Community Foundations. New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012.

Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University, 2011

Featured Speaker, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Univ. of Maryland

College Park, Md., 2011.

Ethics and Standards Committee, The Washington Post

Member of newsroom leadership group charged with developing updated guidelines for publishing digital content, 2011.

Featured Speaker, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, West Va. Univ.

Morgantown, W.Va. "Newsroom 2.0: New Skills for New Careers," March 2010.

Top 30 Under 30 Journalism Award, NewsBios  Recognized as one of the nation's top business journalists under age 30, 2003.

Education

Education
Jun 1998

B.A. Communications

University of Minnesota

Professional Affiliations