Matt Kiefer

Matt Kiefer ('20)
Matt Kiefer
JSK Journalism Fellow
data editor, The Chicago Reporter, Chicago

Matt Kiefer is a JSK Journalism Fellow. When selected as a fellow he was the data editor for The Chicago Reporter, a small nonprofit newsroom that investigates issues of race and income inequality, where he lead investigative projects, managed public records requests, and analyzed and visualized data. He also builds tools that augment the work of investigative journalism, including a suite of algorithms used to identify police named in civil lawsuits and frameworks to automate Freedom of Information requests.

He frequently volunteers to lead technical training classes for journalists and focuses on building data analysis tools and shaping investigations for nonprofit newsrooms.

He has been a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors since 2011 and is serving his first term on the Chicago Headline Club board. His work has appeared on NPR and in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Chicago Reporter, and Mother Jones.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in education from Northeastern Illinois University.

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