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WNYC Hires Digital Innovator Kio Stark to Help Lead its Data News Team

 WNYC Hires Digital Innovator Kio Stark
to Help Lead its Data News Team

(New York, NY – December 11, 2013) -- Kio Stark – a digital innovator whose experience ranges from Internet start-ups and the advertising industry to graduate-level teaching and non-profit management– is joining the WNYC Data News team in the newly-created role of senior producer. She will officially begin on January 13.

Stark will be responsible for cultivating and managing collaborations with other journalistic organizations, for expanding the data news team’s work beyond the WNYC newsroom into other shows and department, and for helping to manage the team's day-to-day operations. Stark will work alongside Senior Editor John Keefe and an Online News Association award-winning team that includes a designer, a data journalist, a producer and two programmers. She will report to Jim Schachter, Vice President, WNYC News.

“From our groundbreaking reporting on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies to the approach and aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to our sensor-based tracking of the most recent cicada emergence, the WNYC Data News team has been creating online tools that significantly bolster our ability to tell critical stories in ways that are engaging, useful and illuminating to our audience,” Schachter said. “Kio’s expertise will allow us to continue to deepen and grow our efforts in this increasingly important area of WNYC’s journalism and digital strategy, and she connects us more than ever to a world of people using bright ideas and cool tools to deploy data in innovative ways.”

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the data news team at WNYC,” said Stark. “The group has been doing work I greatly admire in a field I think is vitally important, and being a part of that is the best job I can imagine."

Stark has most recently been the learning coordinator and editor at Knight Mozilla OpenNews, and she is an Adjunct Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. She is author of Don’t Go Back to School: a handbook for learning almost anything, which she researched, wrote and self-published with a Kickstarter campaign, and Follow Me Down (Red Lemonade), a novel that grew out of her blog Municipal Archive ( http://municipalarchive.wordpress.com/ ). Stark also draws from her advertising and management experience at Deutsch, Ogilvy, Arnold NY and OVEN Digital. At NYU, she teaches graduate courses about the intersection of technology and society, including classes on stranger interactions, and intimacy and authenticity in technology-mediated relationships.

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