A Northwestern University joint initiative of Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. Northwestern University joint initiative of Medill & McCormick School of Engineering.

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. 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

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

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.

Ryan Graff

Communications and Outreach Manager

News nerd ecstatic for the future of news. Formerly a Colorado-based reporter and magazine writer. Presently the Lab’s editor and outreach pro.

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.

Faculty

Zach Wise

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

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

Emily Withrow

Assistant Professor

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

Founding Faculty

Owen Youngman

Professor, Medill

Rich Gordon

Professor, Medill

Larry Birnbaum

Professor, McCormick


Professional Fellows

Steve Tarzia

Professional Fellow

Tarzia publishes Gun Memorial, trying to show the face and tell the story of every American shot dead. His Ph.D. is in Computer Engineering.

Undergraduate Student Fellows

Alex Duner

Journalism

Creator of JuxtaposeJS.

Benjamin Din

Journalism

Reporting, writing and coding at Northwestern. Interested in the intersection of journalism and tech.

Bomani McClendon

Computer Science, McCormick

Aditi Bhandari

Journalist, Designer and Developer

Aditi hails from Mumbai and is studying journalism, development and design. She loves food, accessible design, and really lame puns.

Michael Martinez

Computer Science, McCormick

Eunice Lee

Journalism and Certificate in IMC

Studying journalism and marketing. Obsessed with building new tools and discovering different ways to tell stories. Ask me about front-end design, storytelling platforms, virtual reality, and tea.

Josh Shi

Computer Science

Coding and designing. Exploring all things web, design, and typography.

Rosalie Chan

Journalism & Computer Science

Reporting, coding and data mining at Northwestern. Studying journalism and computer science.

Alumni

Faculty Collaborations

Jeremy Gilbert

Assistant Professor for Media Product Design, Medill

Professional Staff

Heather Billings

Designer/Developer, 2014-2016

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

Medill, Kellogg

Ashesha Mehrotra

MSJ

Jenny G. Zhang

Medill

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