Cheryl Phillips is a Hearst Professional in Residence at the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University where is is teaching data journalism and helping to build the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab. Previously, Phillips was the data innovation editor at The Seattle Times, where she worked from 2002 through July 2014.
She oversaw data journalism efforts, working with others to develop interactive data visualizations. She also served as a newsroom trainer. Earlier roles included working as deputy investigations editor and as an investigative reporter. She was involved in the breaking news coverage of the Oso mudslide in Washington state, which killed 43 people, making it the deadliest mudslide in the nation’s history. The Seattle Times’ coverage of that disaster received a the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2015. She also played a role in the data visualizations that were part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning project, Methadone and the politics of pain, a way of saying that she was lucky enough to be a tiny part of journalism that changed state law and probably saved lives.
In 2009, she was the sole journalist in the newsroom on the Sunday after Thanksgiving when a gunman shot and killed four area police officers in a coffee shop. She was integrally involved with the subsequent breaking news coverage, which received a Pulitzer Prize. She has twice been a member of reporting teams that were finalists for a Pulitzer Prize. She is a former president of the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors, which if you are not a member of, then join now. Phillips has worked at USA Today, The Detroit News, the Great Falls Tribune in Montana and at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She can be reached at email@example.com or on twitter: @cephillips