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.

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

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.

Faculty & Staff

Emily Withrow

Assistant Professor

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

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

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

Divya Sasidharan

Engineer

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

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

Scott Bradley

Senior Engineer

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

Student Fellows

Benjamin Din

Student Fellow

Cathy He

Device Lab Fellow

David Latimore

Device Lab Fellow

Eunice Lee

Student Fellow

Isabella Jiao

Device Lab Fellow

Jeff Birori

Device Lab Fellow

Joon Park

Fellow

Josh Shi

Student Fellow

Mary Truong

Device Lab Fellow

Michael Martinez

Student Fellow

Rosalie Chan

Student Fellow

Alumni

Faculty Collaborations

Jeremy Gilbert
Assistant Professor for Media Product Design, Medill

Professional Staff

Heather Billings
Designer/Developer, 2014-2016
Jordan Young
Operations and Project Manager, 2011-2015
Matt Mills
Software Director, Interim, 2012
Mike Silver
Executive Director, 2011-2012
Miranda Mulligan
Executive Director, 2012-2014
Ryan Graff
Communications and Outreach Manager, 2011-2016

Professional Fellows

Steve Tarzia
Professional Fellow
Aaron U. Salmon
Design Fellow
Manuel Aristarán
International Fellow

Ph.D. Students

Fellows

Aditi Bhandari
Student Fellow
Alex Duner
Student Fellow
Allen Zeng
Undergraduate Fellow
Alma Bahman
Graduate Fellow
Anne Li
Undergraduate Fellow
Anushka Patil
Undergraduate Fellow
Arjuna Soriano
Graduate Fellow
Ashesha Mehrotra
Graduate Fellow
Ashley Wu
Undergraduate Fellow
Bomani McClendon
Student Fellow
Cary Lee
Undergraduate Fellow
Chris Alan Williams
Graduate Fellow
Dan Hill
Undergraduate Fellow
Dhrumil Mehta
Undergraduate Fellow
Emily Chow
Undergraduate Fellow
Emily Ferber
Undergraduate Fellow
Farah Mohammed
Graduate Fellow
Gloria Oh
Undergraduate Fellow
Gus Wezerek
Undergraduate Fellow
Hilary Fung
Undergraduate Fellow
Hilary Sharp
Undergraduate Fellow
Jessica Soberman
Graduate Fellow
Katherine Nagasawa
Undergraduate Fellow
Katie Park
Undergraduate Fellow
Katie Zhu
Undergraduate Fellow
Kimberly Lee
Undergraduate Fellow
KK Rebecca Lai
Undergraduate Fellow
Lingwei Cheng
Graduate Fellow
Luke Rague
Graduate Fellow
Mallory Busch
Undergraduate Fellow
Marguerite McNeal
Graduate Fellow
Matt Gelfand
Graduate Fellow
Matt Hong
Undergraduate Fellow
Neil Holt
Graduate Fellow
Nicole Zhu
Undergraduate Fellow
Nikhil Pai
Undergraduate Fellow
Patricia Gomes Lima
Graduate Fellow
Priya Krishnakumar
Undergraduate Fellow
Ryan McAfee
Undergraduate Fellow
Sarah Adler
Undergraduate Fellow
Shelly Tan
Undergraduate Fellow
Shikhar Mohan
Undergraduate Fellow
Stephen Autar
Undergraduate Fellow
Suyeon Son
Undergraduate Fellow
Tanveer Ali
Graduate Fellow
Tyler Fisher
Undergraduate Fellow