Educators Directory

Alphabetical listing of investigative and data journalism educators.


Peter Aldhous (Data Journalism and Investigative Reporting)

“Peter Aldhous is a science reporter with BuzzFeed News. He also teaches investigative reporting in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has developed online training materials in data visualization for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.” (Full Biography)



UC Berkeley, Introduction to Data Visualization, Fall 2016 Syllabus

UC Berkeley, Introduction to Data Journalism, Fall 2016 Syllabus

UC Santa Cruz, Policy and Investigative Reporting, Spring 2016 Syllabus


Cynthia Barnett (Environmental Journalism)

Cynthia Barnett is an environmental journalist who has covered water and climate stories worldwide, from the decline in Florida’s signature springs, to epic drought in California and Australia, to the rainiest place on Earth in Cherrapunji, India.” (Full Biography)


University of Florida, Environmental Journalism Spring 2016 Syllabus

Lowell Bergman (Investigative Reporting)

“Lowell Bergman was one of the founders of the Center for Investigative Reporting. He spent 22 years as a producer first with ABC News and then CBS, where he was a staff producer at “60 Minutes.” Since leaving CBS in 1999, he has been a correspondent and producer for PBS “FRONTLINE”.” (Full Biography)

UC Berkeley, Investigative Reporting in Print, Broadcast and the Web 2016

Joseph Bergantino (Investigative Journalism)

“Joe Bergantino is the Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for 35 years. ” (Biography One  & Two)

Boston College, Investigative Journalism, Undergraduate Fall 2016

Associate Prof. Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin (Investigative Reporting)

“M.A., English, University of Virginia; B.A., General Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago. Former editor, Chicago Parent magazine, and former senior editor, Vegetarian Times magazine; winner of the Lisagor Award for magazine reporting in 2000 and numerous awards from the Parenting Publications of America.” (Full Biography)

Columbia College Chicago, Investigative Reporting Fall 2014 Syllabus

Prof. Meredith Broussard (Data)

“Meredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her current research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good.” (Full Biography)

NYU, Advanced Reporting Fall 2016

NYU, Data Journalism Fall 2016


Prof. Joe Calderone (Investigative Reporting)

“A veteran of the New York City press corps, Joe Calderone has more than 15 years of experience as an investigative reporter, covering politics, health care, labor and city government.” (Full Biography)

NYU, Investigative Reporting, Graduate Fall 2016

NYU, Investigative Reporting, Graduate Fall 2016 Syllabus

Dana Chinn (Data)

“Dana Chinn, director of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center Media Impact Project, is a media analytics strategist whose teaching, research and consulting focus on digital analytics for news and nonprofit organizations.  MIP is a research center that advances the field of media measurement and provides services to help organizations assess the impact of media.” (Full Biography)

University of Southern California, Data Journalism Fall 2016

University of Southern California, Data Journalism Fall 2016 Syllabus

Jean-Philippe Ceppi (Investigative Journalism)

University Website

Eyewitness Testimony


Université de Nuechâtel, Journalisme d’investigation Autumn 2015 descriptif de cours

Prof. Danielle Cervantes Stephens (CAR, Data and Investigative Reporting)

“I teach editing, data journalism (computer-assisted reporting) and investigative techniques at my alma mater, Point Loma Nazarene University. Additionally, I accept contract data and investigative assignments, most recently for InquireFirst, Esquire magazine and iNewsuorce.” (From Linkedin)

Point Loma Nazarene University, Computer Assisted Reporting Spring 2016 Syllabus

Gary Cohn (Investigative Reporting)

“Gary Cohn, the winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, is a senior investigative reporter for Capital & Main and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Capital & Main is a news web site that reports on the economy, politics, business, labor, jobs, education and the environment.” (Full Biography)

University of Southern California, Investigative Reporting Fall 2016

Prof. Sheila Coronel (Investigative Reporting)

“Sheila Coronel began reporting in the Philippines during the twilight of the Marcos dictatorship, when she wrote for the underground opposition press and later for mainstream magazines and newspapers.” (Biography One & Two)

Columbia University, Investigative Reporting Summer Workshop 2016


Chase Davis (Data)

“I run the Interactive News desk at The New York Times, a team of developer/journalists that uses code to solve problems in news. We work on major events like the 2016 elections and Rio Olympics; collaborate on stories and interactives; develop new story forms, coverage models and products; and build tools to support newsgathering. We’re always experimenting.” (From

Chris Davis (Investigative Reporting)

“Chris Davis is the deputy managing editor for investigations and data for the Tampa Bay Times.  A University of South Carolina graduate, he has been a reporter and editor in Florida since 1997.” (Full Bio)

University of Florida, Investigative Reporting Spring 2016 Syllabus

Prof. Bill Drummond (Data Journalism)

“William J. Drummond’s career includes stints at The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, where he covered the civil rights movement, and the Los Angeles Times, where he was a local reporter, then bureau chief in New Delhi and Jerusalem and later a Washington correspondent. Drummond was appointed a White House Fellow in 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford, worked briefly for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and eventually became associate press secretary to President Jimmy Carter.” (Full Biography)

UC Berkeley, Police Violence and Media Narratives 2016

Richard A. Dunks (Data)

“I’m part of the exciting new graduate program in urban data science at NYU, studying how to make cities more resilient, livable, and, above all, more efficient. I come at this new field with a background in consulting, data analysis, and computer science.” (From Linkedin)



Columbia University, Algorithms 2015 Syllabus


Gregory Eirich (CAR)

“Dr. Eirich is the Director of the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) MA Program and is appointed Lecturer-in-Discipline within the Department of Sociology. His course offerings include Data Analysis, Advanced Analytic Techniques, Research Seminar, Time Series, and Social Network Analysis with QMSS. He researches the causes and consequences of socioeconomic inequality, with a particular focus on family processes.” (Full Biography)

Columbia University, Social Network Analysis Spring 2016


Prof. William Freivogel (CAR)

“Professor Bill Freivogel became  Director of the School of Journalism in 2006. He began his journalism career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1971. He was a member of the newspaper’s Washington bureau for 12 years, where he served as assistant bureau chief, focused on the Supreme Court and reported on such historic events as the assassination attempt on President Reagan.” (Full Biography)

Southern Illinois University, Future of Journalism Syllabus


John Glover (Investigative Reporting)

University of Southern California, Introduction to Investigative Reporting Fall 2016


Dr. Bahareh Heravi (Data)

“Dr. Bahareh Heravi  joined UCD in 2016. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information & Communication Studies. In addition, she serves as the Postgraduate Coordinator at the school. She holds a PhD in Information Systems from Brunel University London. Dr. Heravi’s academic background is in Information Systems, Web science, Social Web, Linked Data, Semantic Web, Software Engineering and System Design. She also actively research, work and teach in the areas of data journalism, digital media, information visualisation and digital humanities.” (Full Biography)


NUI Galway and UCD, Data Journalism Fall 2015 Syllabus

Associate Professor David Herzog (CAR)

“David Herzog serves as the academic adviser to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), a joint program of the Missouri School of Journalism and Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., a global association of journalists.” (Full Biography)


University of Missouri, Computer Assisted Reporting Spring 2016 Syllabus

Professor Brant Houston (Investigative Reporting)

“Professor Brant Houston holds the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois. Houston teaches investigative and advanced reporting in the Department of Journalism in the College of Media at Illinois.” (Full Biography)


Prof. Karl Idsvoog (CAR)

“Karl Idsvoog is a highly versatile and cost-effective multimedia trainer/consultant. Having worked as an investigative reporter/producer/manager in local, network, syndicated television and online journalism, Idsvoog moved into training/consulting and education following the bankruptcy of in New York where he got a “superb education in the online world.” (Full Biography)

Kent State University,Computer-Assisted Reporting Spring 2016 Syllabus


Mike Jenner (Data)

“Mike Jenner, an award-winning editor with a strong history of innovation, is the Houston Harte Endowed Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism. Jenner focuses on innovation’s role in journalism. He also serves as the interim executive editor of the Columbia Missourian and interim chair of the School’s Print and Digital News faculty.” (Full Biography)

University of Missouri, Advanced Data Journalism Spring 2016 Syllabus

Matthew Jones (Data)

“Matthew L. Jones specializes in the history of science and technology, focused on early modern Europe and on recent information technologies. He chairs the Committee on the Core and Contemporary Civilization. A Guggenheim Fellow for 2012-13 and a Mellon New Directions fellow for 2012-15, he is researching Data Mining: The Critique of Artificial Reason, 1963-2005, a historical and ethnographic account of “big data,” its relation to statistics and machine learning, and its growth as a fundamental new form of technical expertise in business and scientific research. ” (Full Biography)


Columbia University, Data and Databases 2014 Syllabus


Associate Professor Louise Kathryn Kiernan (Investigative Reporting)

“Louise Kiernan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune, is an associate professor at Medill. Most recently, she was Enterprise Editor at the Tribune where she managed a team of reporters working on in-depth news features and coached writers throughout the newsroom.” (Full Biography)

Northwestern University, Investigative Reporting Fall 2016

Northwestern University, Investigative Reporting Spring 2016 Syllabus

Northwestern University, Investigative Reporting Spring 2016 Weekly Schedule

Nicolas Kayser-Bril (Data)

“My name’s Nicolas Kayser-Bril and I’m a nerd. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of the company that’s rocking journalism, Journalism++. Before that, I was head of datajournalism at Owni. For a living, I tell stories using data. I crunch, grind, chew and squeeze numbers to extract meaning out of them. That’s called data-driven journalism and I’m proud to have been one of the first ones to practice it in Europe.” (From his website)

University website

Université de Nuechâtel, Journalisme de Données Autumn 2015 descriptif de cours

Professor Alec Klein (Investigative Journalism)

“Alec Klein is an award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author and professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Klein is also the director of The Medill Justice Project (” (Full Biography)

Northwestern University, Investigative Journalism Fall 2016

Prof. Stephen Kurkjian (Investigative Journalism)

“Stephen Kurkjian is one of the most acclaimed investigative reporters in the country. A forty-year veteran of the Boston Globe, he is the paper’s former Washington bureau chief and a founding member of its investigative Spotlight Team.” (Full Biography)

Boston College, Investigative Journalism Undergraduate Fall 2015 Syllabus


Gilles Labarthe (Investigative Journalism)

“(Translation) Gilles Labarthe is both an ethnological researcher and a journalist specialized in investigative reporting. After four years of working as a correspondent in Paris for various Swiss media, he founded the independent press agency DATAS, which is accredited to the United Nations Office at Geneva.” (Full Biography (French))

University Website

Official Website

DATAS website

Université de Nuechâtel, Introduction à la recherche d’informations et aux techniques d’enquête Autumn 2016 descriptif de cours

Matthew Lait (Investigative Reporting)

“Lait has been a reporter with the Los Angeles Times for 17 years. Prior to joining the Times, he worked as an editorial assistant and reporter for two years at the Washington Post. He has won more than a dozen local and state awards for his reporting.” (Full Biography)

University of Southern California, Introduction to Investigative Reporting Fall 2016

Assistant Professor Gerry Lanosga (Investigative Reporting and Data)

“Gerry Lanosga’s research and teaching revolve around the practice of journalism from both contemporary and historical standpoints. In particular, his interests include the development of journalism as a profession, prize culture in journalism, and journalism’s intersections with public policy through investigative reporting and the use of freedom of information laws.” (Full Biography)

Indiana University, Investgative Reporting Spring 2016 Syllabus

Indiana University, Data Analysis for Journalists Fall 2015 Syllabus

Associate Professor Norm Lewis (Data Journalism)

“Norm Lewis joined the faculty in the fall of 2007 after completing a doctorate at the University of Maryland. He has a quarter-century of experience in newspapers, ranging from the Washington Post financial desk to three smaller dailies in the Pacific Northwest where he served as editor for 15 years. He also was a publisher for three of those years.” (Full Biography)

University of Florida, Data Journalism Spring 2016 Syllabus

Associate Professor Darnell Little (Data Journalism)

“A former software developer, Little has worked at the Chicago Tribune as a reporter for online and multimedia operations and, most recently, for the metro desk specializing in computer-assisted reporting.” (Full Biography)


Northwestern University, Enterprise Reporting with Data Fall 2016

Enterprise Reporting with Data Syllabus, Summer 2016 Syllabus

Northwestern, Advanced Data and Mapping Spring 2016 Syllabus

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein (Investigative Reporting)

“Jeff comes to GVSU from Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL, where he was a lecturer. Prior to his position there, he worked for a weekly newspaper on Chicago’s South Side, did investigative work around race and poverty issues for a bimonthly magazine in Chicago and was the first database and investigative editor at Hoy Chicago, the Chicago Tribune Company’s Spanish-language newspaper.” (Full Biography)



Christian McDonald (Data)

“Christian McDonald is the online projects and data editor for the Austin American-Statesman. He is a graduate of the Journalism program at UT-Austin, where he has taught since Spring 2013.” (Full Biography)

Data Visualization Blog with Syllabi

University of Texas at Austin, Data-Driven Reporting Fall 2015 Syllabus

Timothy McGirk (Investigative Reporting)

“Tim McGirk is a former bureau chief and war correspondent for Time magazine, who has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the hunt for al-Qaeda. He also worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America for Time and prior to that for the British daily The Independent.” (Biography One & Two)

UC Berkeley, Investigative Reporting in Print, Broadcast and the Web 2016

Prof. Mike McIntire (Investigative Reporting)

“Mike McIntire is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Since joining the Times in 2003, he has produced in-depth stories on a wide range of subjects, including presidential politics, terrorism and Wall Street bailouts. His investigation of corruption in college sports was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015.” (Full Biography)

NYU, Investigative Reporting Fall 2016

David McKie (Data Journalism)

“David McKie is an award-winning, Ottawa-based journalist based in CBC News’ Parliamentary bureau who uses access-to-information laws and government open-data websites to help tell original stories.” (Full Biography)

Carleton University, Data Journalism Research Methods Fall 2015 Syllabus


Associate Prof. Deborah Nelson (Investigative Reporting)

“Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who joined the Merrill faculty in 2006 after five years as the Washington investigations editor for The Los Angeles Times. Before that, she reported for the Washington Post, Seattle Times and Chicago Sun-Times.” (Full Biography)

University of Maryland, Investigative Reporting 2016 Syllabus

University of Maryland, Media Law FOI Project Sheet 2016

Dan Nguyen (CAR)

“Dan Nguyen was most recently the Head of Data for Skift in New York. He was previously a news application developer at the non-profit investigative newsroom, ProPublica, where he led the development of several of ProPublica’s most well-known online projects, including Dollars for Docs and the Bailout Tracker.” (Full Biography)



Public Affairs and Data Journalism Fall 2015 Syllabus

Computational Methods in the Public Sphere Winter 2016 Syllabus

Computational Journalism Spring 2016 Syllabus


Allison Parrish (Data)

“Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer who lives in Brooklyn. Her teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet.” (Full Biography)



Columbia University, Data and Databases 2014 Syllabus

Prof. Jaqueline Petchel (Investigative Reporting)

“Jacquee Petchel is the executive editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia investigative reporting initiative. She is an award-winning investigative reporter, editor and producer who most recently served as senior editor for investigations and enterprise at The Houston Chronicle.” (Full Biography)

Arizona State, Depth Reporting Fall 2016

Cheryl Philips (Data and Investigative Reporting)

“Cheryl Phillips has been teaching journalism at Stanford since 2014 and is a founding member of the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab. She is involved in a cross-departmental effort with Sharad Goel, an Assistant Professor at Stanford in the Department of Management Science & Engineering, to collect police interaction data and evaluate racial disparities.” (Full Biography)

Stanford University, Public Affairs Data Journalism Two Syllabus

Stanford University, Becoming a Watchdog Syllabus 2016

Stanford University, Investigative Reporting Techniques


William Recktenwald (Investigative Journalism)

“William Recktenwald served as President of the Faculty Senate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale 2011-2012. A senior lecturer and journalist-in-residence for the School of Journalism at the university, he joined the faculty in August 1999. He was elected senate president in April 2011.” (Biography One & Two)

Southern Illinois University, Investigative Journalism Fall 2015 Syllabus


Jonathan Soma (CAR)

“Jonathan Soma is a programmer and educator who focuses on making unapproachable data accessible. He has made maps, processed data, and crowdsourced stories with ProPublica, WNYC, The New York Times, and others.” (Full Biography)

Columbia University, Foundations in Computing 2014 Syllabus

Associate Prof. Jeff South (CAR)

“After more than 20 years as a newspaper editor and reporter, Jeff South joined the Richard T. Robertson School and Media and Culture’s faculty in August 1997. He directs the school’s Capital News Service program, in which undergraduate journalism students cover the General Assembly and other aspects of state government for news media throughout Virginia.” (Full Biography)

Virginia Commonwealth University, Computer Assisted Reporting Fall 2015 Syllabus

Prof. Joe Stephens (Investigative Journalism)

“A three-time winner of the George Polk Award and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, he joined The Washington Post’s investigative projects team in 1999. He has written extensively on presidential politicspolitical corruption, the war against terrorism, Afghan reconstruction, the federal judiciary and drug experiments conducted on children in the developing world.” (Full Biography)

Princeton University, Investigative Journalism – Accountability Reporting Fall 2016

Princeton University, Investigative Journalism Fall 2016 Syllabus

Doug Swanson (Investigative Reporting)

“Doug Swanson is an investigative reporter at the Dallas Morning News. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and was a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University. His most recent book is “Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker.” (Biography)

University of Texas at Austin, Investigative Reporting Spring 2016 Syllabus


Prof. Ryan Thornburg (Data)

“Ryan Thornburg has a special interest in online journalism and the future of journalism. He came to the school in July 2007. Before coming to the School of Media and Journalism, he spent his career in the newsroom, focusing on online journalism. Most recently, he was the managing editor of, the online arm of U.S. News & World Report.” (Full Biography)


University of North Carolina, Data Driven Journalism Spring 2016 Syllabus


Abbie Van Sickle (Investigative Reporting)

“Abbie VanSickle is a reporter at the Investigative Reporting Program. She started her journalism career at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), where she covered crime and breaking news for four years. She has also worked as a lawyer, practicing as a public defender in Seattle and as a human rights lawyer in China.” (Full Biography)

UC Berkeley, Investigative Reporting Workshop 2016


Prof. Matt Waite (Data)

“Matt Waite is a professor of practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching reporting and digital product development. He is also a graduate of the college, earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1997. Prior to joining the faculty, he was the senior news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times of Florida and the principal developer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.” (Full Biography)

University of Nebraska, Data Journalism Spring 2016 Syllabus

Matt Waite’s other teaching materials

MaryJo Webster (Data Journalism)

“MaryJo started her journalism career in 1995 at a small, daily newspaper in New Ulm, Minn., where the so-called “dumb terminals” used for writing stories didn’t even have spell checking, let alone the Internet.

After a couple more gigs at small dailies, she attended graduate school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A graduate research assistant position with Investigative Reporters and Editors immersed her computer-assisted reporting and introduced her to the fabulous world of data journalism and the NICAR community.”  (Full Biography)

University of Minnesota, Data Reporting Spring Syllabus

MaryJo Webster’s Training Materials (Github)

Derek Willis (Investigative Reporting)

“I have worked as a journalist since 1995, when I secured an internship offer from The Palm Beach Post against a dozen rejections from some of the finest news organizations in the country. Somehow, I went on to work for some of them: Congressional Quarterly, The Center for Public Integrity, The Washington Post, The New York Times and now ProPublica.” (From Github)

University of Maryland, Building Systems for Reporting Spring 2016 Syllabus

Evan Wyloge (Data Journalism)

“Evan Wyloge began as a journalist in 2003, and has focused on accountability and watchdog reporting, with an emphasis on data analysis, since 2008.” (Full Biography)

Evan Wyloge is a senior reporter at the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

Arizona State, Telling Stories with Data Fall 2016

Arizona State, Telling Stories with Data Fall 2016 Syllabus

Arizona State, Graduate Data Journalism Fall 2016

Arizona State, Graduate Data Journalism Fall 2016 Syllabus


Prof. Rodrigo Zamith (Data Journalism)

“Rodrigo Zamith is a media scholar whose research focuses on the reconfiguration of journalism in a changing media environment and the development of digital research methods. From a theoretical perspective, he is interested in the changing nature of news and newswork amid the adoption of new technologies, an influx of technologists into newsrooms, and greater emphasis on data. From a methodological perspective, he is interested in the development of electronic interfaces and algorithms to facilitate and improve scholarly work in a changing research environment, especially with large datasets.” (Full Biography)


University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Data-driven Storytelling, Fall 2016 syllabus