Alex Newman

Senior Data Journalist

Alex Newman is the Senior Data Journalist at

She formerly worked on the interactive team at Al Jazeera America, where she was responsible for special projects using audio, video, data or graphics (or all of the above) and was the editorial lead for AJAM's award-winning mobile app. She also worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Home Front Communications, USA TODAY and the Reno Gazette-Journal. 

While at USA TODAY, Alex was the lead producer for a daily webcast from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and shot video for a documentary covering the 2008 presidential inauguration. At the Reno Gazette-Journal, Alex worked as a police reporter and helped report an award-winning project about the dangers of methamphetamine. 

Alex has taught online and interactive journalism classes at the City University of New York, American University, the University of Maryland and the University of Nevada, Reno. 

She grew up in Reno, Nevada (pronounced Nev-AD-a, not Nev-AH-da) but has since lived in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. She lives with a 22-year-old Hermann's tortoise named Captain Ahab.

Recent Stories


A guide to Russian ‘demotivator’ memes

Long before Russia ever launched social media campaigns in the US, Kremlin-backed trolling was alive and well at home. In this online underworld of paid seeders, twitterati and trolls, “demotivators” — Russian internet picture memes — play a special bottom-feeder role.