Journalism + Technology + People
I’ve been working at the intersection of journalism, design and technology for more than 12 years. I’ve been an editor and writer, a director of technology, a designer, a team leader, and a product manager. Regardless of roles and titles, I’m happiest when I’m digging into important problems with smart people — and helping my team do their best work. I think a lot about how to build and lead healthy, diverse teams.
I am currently a Nieman fellow, where I am exploring the physiology of news consumption — how platforms and the ways we consume information affect our mental and physical well being. Before starting my fellowship, I led a visual storytelling team at The Washington Post that used code and emerging technologies to create some of the Post's most groundbreaking journalism.
Previously, I was the design director for the Institute for Nonprofit News. Our product team worked to support independent journalism organizations in a number of ways: building and supporting open source tools, publishing extensive documentation, and offering consulting and web development. In 2015, I managed the redesign of INN’s visual identity. Before joining INN, I was the director of news technology for MinnPost, where I managed web development and design, led our news apps team, and took the lead on strategic digital projects. Before joining the nonprofit news world, I was a magazine editor, video producer, and freelance photojournalist.
I believe in challenging assumptions, user-driven design, hiring people who are smarter than me, helping others do their best work, and leaving things better than I found them. Outside of work, I read tarot, lift heavy things, make pictures, listen to too many podcasts, study human behavior, and try to read at least a book a week.