Director, Nieman Lab at Harvard
(Video of Benton’s discussion at ISOJ2018 is below bio, along with article from ISOJ team)
Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow, he spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. His reports on cheating on standardized tests in the Texas public schools led to the permanent shutdown of a school district and won the Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has reported from 10 countries, been a Pew Fellow in International Journalism, and a three-time finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting. Before Dallas, Benton was a reporter and rock critic for The Toledo Blade. He is a big nerd who started blogging when Bill Clinton was still president.
Benton chaired a keynote speech from Marty Baron at ISOJ 2018 (Saturday, April 14 at 1:45 p.m.)