June 22, 2017
Sarah Cohen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning data editor of The New York Times and former Duke University professor, is joining the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as the Knight Chair in Data Journalism, Arizona State University announced Thursday.
Cohen, who joined the Times in 2012, leads a five-person team specializing in analyzing data and documents for investigative projects. She came to the Times from Duke University, where she served as the Knight Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy, focusing on computational journalism. From 1999 to 2009, Cohen was a prize-winning data reporter and editor at The Washington Post.
“Sarah Cohen is a tremendous journalist, an inspiring teacher and the premier data journalist of our time,” said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan, who taught Cohen when she was a master’s student at the University of Maryland in the early 1990s. “Cronkite students will benefit enormously from her many talents and dedication to journalism and higher education, and the public will continue to be well served by the in-depth journalism she and her ASU students will produce.”
Cohen, who will join ASU in October, will teach graduate and undergraduate data journalism classes and help lead investigative projects at Cronkite News, the student-staffed, faculty-led daily news organization that serves as the news division of Arizona PBS, and Carnegie-Knight News21, the multi-university investigative reporting initiative based at Cronkite.
“It’s an honor to get an opportunity to work with these award-winning student journalists at the most exciting journalism program in the country,” Cohen said. “Working again with former colleagues and with the Knight family of professors makes it even…