Susan McGregor

Assistant Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Susan McGregor is Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School, where she helps supervise the dual-degree program in Journalism & Computer Science. She teaches primarily in areas of data journalism and information visualization, and also offers occasional courses in storytelling at the School of Engineering. McGregor's main areas of research interest are information security, privacy, knowledge management and alternative forms of digital distribution. She was the Senior Programmer on the News Graphics team at the Wall Street Journal Online before joining Columbia Journalism School in 2011. McGregor was named a 2010 Gerald Loeb Award winner for her work on the WSJ’s “What They Know” series, and a finalist for the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards for Web Reporting in 2007. Her work has also been nominated for two Webby awards, in 2011 and 2015. In 2012, she received a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation for her work on Dispatch, a mobile app for secure source communication, and in 2013 she was awarded a Knight Prototype grant to develop DataDocs, a platform for creating interactive, evergreen web videos. In the fall of 2013 she also received a Computational Journalism Focused Research Award from Google to develop InfoScribe, a crowd-sourced transcription platform for investigative journalism documents. In 2015, she received support from both the Provost's Office and the School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University to work on global and interdisciplinary information security issues. McGregor is also a recipient of a collaborative National Science Foundation grant to develop secure, usable communication tools for journalists and other communities. Her book, "Information Security Essentials: A Guide for Reporters, Editors and Newsroom Leaders" will be published by Columbia University Press in 2020.