Who We Are
Emily Bell, Director
Emily worked as a leading print and online journalist and editor for over twenty years prior to joining the Tow Center as its inaugural Director in September 2010. The majority of Emily’s career was spent at Guardian News and Media, first as a reporter and business editor for The Observer newspaper, moving in 2000 to take charge of the Guardian’s network of websites. As editor-in-chief across Guardian websites and director of digital content for Guardian News and Media, Emily led the web team in pioneering live blogging, multimedia formats, data and social media ahead of many other mainstream news outlets. Under Emily’s direction guardian.co.uk became one of the world’s leading digital news brands, winning four Webby awards in five years for ‘best newspaper on the web’ and numerous other UK industry awards. She continues to write and blog about developments in the media and journalism.
Susan McGregor, Assistant Director
Susan joined the Tow Center following four years as the Senior Programmer of the Online News Graphics team at the Wall Street Journal, where she developed hundreds of interactive graphics and data applications. In 2010, she was named as a winner in the Gerald Loeb Awards’ “Online Enterprise” category for her work on the Journal’s “What They Know” series, and was also a finalist for the 2007 Scripps Howard award in Web Reporting. Her work with the Tow Center focuses on data journalism and visualization, as well as data standards and cross-platform development.
Taylor Owen, Research Director
Dr. Taylor Owen is the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. He is the Founding Editor of the Canadian International Council’s international affairs platform OpenCanada.org, is the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Project, an international research project exploring the intersection of information technology and international affairs, and is the Research Director of the Munk Debates. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was Trudeau Scholar. He was previously a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, a Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His research and writing focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs. Taylor Owen’s publications can be found at www.taylorowen.com.
Smitha Khorana, Digital Media Associate
Smitha Khorana joined the Tow Center as a Post-Graduate Fellow in June 2014. She graduated from the M.S. program at Columbia Journalism School in May 2014. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she studied Literary Arts and International Development. She was a Fulbright Scholar to India, where she produced a text and image project on Muslims in India that has been exhibited at the India International Center. Smitha briefly attended Medical School at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where she was part of the “Humanities and Medicine Program” before leaving to pursue a career in journalism.
Liz Boylan, Administrator
Liz has worked in arts administration and educational programming since 2004, first in the New York gallery world, and then with the College Art Association, Columbia Law School, and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Landscape Design from Columbia University, and prior to her appointment with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism was the Coordinator for the Center for Global Legal Transformation and the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration at Columbia Law School.
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