Data + Narrative

past instructors

Charles Berret

Columbia University

Charles Berret is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia Journalism School and a fellow at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. He is the coauthor with Cheryl Phillips of “Teaching Data and Computational Journalism,” a study funded by the Knight Foundation to assess the instruction of data-driven reporting methods and emerging media skills in American journalism schools. Charles was awarded a Magic Grant in 2014 to build a tool to help journalists find algorithmic bias in search results. Beyond his work on emerging journalistic practices, Charles used to work as a reporter in Cairo, Egypt, and is trained as a historian of media, technology, and culture.

Aaron Kessler


Aaron Kessler is a senior producer for CNN Politics, specializing in using data and document trails to unearth stories at the intersection of politics, the corporate world and the myriad of special interests wielding power in Washington.

Margot Williams

The Intercept

Margot Williams is Research Editor for Investigations at The Intercept. Her career at the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is one of the most respected in the investigative reporting world. During 14 years at the Washington Post, Margot was a member of two Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, for a 1998 investigation of D.C. police shootings of civilians and then again in 2001 for national coverage of terrorism. In the aftermath of 9/11 at the Washington Post and later at the New York Times, she investigated the network of jets and shell companies involved in the transport of terrorism suspects among secret prisons around the globe. In 2011, she analyzed the Guantánamo documents leaked by Bradley Manning for NPR and the New York Times. In 2017, “Trial and Terror,” a database and article series by Margot and Trevor Aaronson about terrorism prosecutions since 9/11, won the University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism and the National Headliner Award for Web or Interactive Project.

Christine Zhang

Two Sigma

Christine Zhang is a writer and data analyst based in New York City. She is currently at Two Sigma, where she works on the firm’s pro-bono Data Clinic initiative to help non-profits and other organizations use data and technology for social good. Zhang was a 2016 OpenNews fellow at the Los Angeles Times Data Desk and has previously worked at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @christinezhang or LinkedIn at christineyzhang.

Lydia Zuraw

Kaiser Health News

Lydia Zuraw is a producer for Kaiser Health News and its sister site, California Healthline. As part of her responsibilities for packaging web stories, she creates visualizations, interactives and illustrations. She is a winner of the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s 2018 Digital Media Award for her work on “The Orphan Drug Machine.” Lydia joined KHN after two years at Food Safety News, where she was Washington, D.C., correspondent. There she covered federal food safety policy, outbreak investigations and research. She has also worked for NPR’s Science Desk and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Originally from Maryland, Lydia earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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