Jodi Upton

Jodi Upton

  • Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism

  • Professor

    Magazine, News and Digital Journalism

Jodi Upton, a 20-year data journalist, came to the Newhouse School from USA Today, where she was a senior database editor. She supervised a team of six database editors, data journalists, researchers and contractors. She and her team worked on data-driven coverage of topics including Veterans Administration hospitals, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries.

Upton and her team won numerous awards, including Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Phillip Meyer Awards; Associated Press Sports Editors Awards; a World Media Summit Innovation Award; Best of USA Today Awards; and the Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education, among others.

Upton was previously an investigative/data reporter for The Detroit News, and worked as a freelancer for Agence France-Presse and other publications. She is a past trainer and regular speaker with IRE.