Spencer Norris
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Two years ago, I dropped out of a Ph.D. program in computer science to be a reporter. I saw a need for good journalism in the world and have been chasing that ideal since, with a brief layover as a hostel-dwelling bum in Asia, Africa and Europe.  

My focus is now on environmental reporting and the Missouri legislature, but I'm keeping my eyes and ears open for the next lead.

Resume available by request.


2019 - Present: M.A. Journalism, University of Missouri (graduating Spring 2021)

2013 - 2017: B.S. in Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Work Experience

  • Aug. 2019 - Present: Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

    • Data analysis for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR)

  • Aug. 2019 - Present: Columbia Missourian

    • State Government Reporter

    • Health and Public Safety Reporter

  • Jan. 2018 - Aug. 2019: Freelancer

    • Collected thousands of names for ProPublica's Credibly Accused database

    • Data Scientist at TeamWorx

    • Researcher for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    • Blogger for Open Data Science Conference​

    • Ghostwriting data-driven trend articles

    • Independent investigative work

  • June 2016 - Aug. 2018Data Scientist, The MITRE Corporation

© 2019 by Spencer Norris