About Us

Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces. The Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students and professionals learn together and from one another. In short, we’re energized by hard questions worth answering; we believe in the process as much as the product.

Zach Wise
The Podcast Discoverability group present their findings to the rest of the Knight Lab Studio class.

We’re probably best known for our innovative suite of open-source, adaptable, and lightweight tools for media makers. The most popular, TimelineJS, has been used by more than 250,000 people to tell stories seen hundreds of millions of times, and is available in more than sixty languages. We also develop prototypes of tools for reporting, data management, research, and storytelling, often in connection with Northwestern classes. Students from our community have gone on to work at the New York Times, Vox Media, NPR, Medium, FiveThirtyEight, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and more.

Staff & Faculty

Scott Bradley

Engineer

With engineering and computer science degrees from Purdue and DePaul, Scott focuses on AI, NLP & web solutions for science and media.

Joe Germuska

Chief Nerd

Joe runs Knight Lab’s technology, professional staff and student fellows. Before joining us, Joe was on the Chicago Tribune News Apps team. Also, he hosts a weekly radio show on WNUR-FM – Conference of the Birds.

Rebecca Poulson

Engineer

Story&Tech, sometimes VR. Retired bartender, lapsed theater-person

Divya Sasidharan

Engineer

Island/City girl living in small town O/Hi\O. Tea drinker in a coffee drinking world.

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

Emmy winning interactive producer & Associate Professor @NorthwesternU, @KnightLab. Formerly of The New York Times. Creator of TimelineJS & StoryMapJS

Emily Withrow

Assistant Professor

Story mechanic: maintaining the engines of great storytelling across platforms. Current research focus: voice user interfaces. Past life: @TheAVClub, @McKinsey.

Student Fellows

Aditi Bhandari

Journalism

Alex Duner

Journalism

Benjamin Din

Journalism

Bomani McClendon

Computer Science

Cathy He

Journalism and Math

David Latimore

Computer Science

Eunice Lee

Journalism

Isabella Jiao

Journalism and Economics

Jeff Birori

Chemical Engineering

Joon Park

Physics and Music Composition

Jordan Friedman

Journalism and Science in Human Culture

Josh Shi

Computer Science

Madhurya Manohar

Communications

Mary Truong

Computer Science, Art Theory and Practice

Matthew Zhang

Computer Science

Maxine Whitely

Journalism

Michael Martinez

Computer Science

Rosalie Chan

Journalism and Computer Science

Sehmon Burnam

Computer Science

Alumni

Faculty Collaborations

Jeremy Gilbert
Assistant Professor for Media Product Design, Medill

Professional Staff

Heather Billings
Designer/Developer, 2014-2016
Ryan Graff
Communications and Outreach Manager, 2011-2016
Matt Mills
Software Director, Interim, 2012
Miranda Mulligan
Chief, 2012-2014
Michael A. Silver
Executive Director, 2011-2012
Jennifer Wilson
Engineer, 2011-2016
Jordan Young
Operations and Project Manager, 2011-2015

Professional Fellows

Aaron U. Salmon
Design Fellow
Manuel Aristarán
International Fellow

Ph.D. Students

Shawn O’Banion
Computer Science, McCormick
Patrick McNally
Computer Science, McCormick
Lisa Gandy
Computer Science, McCormick

Graduate Fellows

Farah Mohammed
Medill
Luke Rague
Medill
Neil Holt
Medill
Chris Alan Williams
Medill
Matt Gelfand
Medill
Tanveer Ali
Medill
Marguerite McNeal
Medill
Arjuna Soriano
Medill
Alma Bahman
Medill
Patricia Gomes Lima
Medill, Media Strategy & Leadership
Lingwei Cheng
University of Chicago, visiting fellow
Jessica Soberman
Kellogg
Ashesha Mehrotra
MSJ

Undergraduate Fellows

Ashley Wu
Journalism and Spanish
Anne Li
Journalism
Nicole Zhu
Computer Science and English
Mallory Busch
Medill
Suyeon Son
Medill
Anushka Patil
Medill, McCormick
Matt Hong
McCormick
KK Rebecca Lai
Medill
Tyler Fisher
Medill
Allen Zeng
McCormick
Priya Krishnakumar
Medill
Shelly Tan
Medill
Ryan McAfee
McCormick
Katie Zhu
McCormick
Katie Park
Medill
Cary Lee
McCormick
Dan Hill
Medill, McCormick
Emily Chow
Medill
Sarah Adler
Medill
Emily Ferber
Medill
Gus Wezerek
McCormick
Hilary Sharp
Medill
Kimberly Lee
Medill, McCormick
Stephen Autar
Medill
Katherine Nagasawa
Medill
Nikhil Pai
McCormick
Dhrumil Mehta
McCormick
Hilary Fung
Medill
Gloria Oh
Medill, McCormick
Shikhar Mohan
McCormick

Contractors

Scott Robbin
Developer