Andrew Phelps is an editor at The New York Times. He is a former staff writer for the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University and the inventor of Fuego, a magical app (and Twitter feed) for keeping up with the journalism world. Andrew’s background is in public radio, having reported for WBUR in Boston and KPBS in San Diego. Andrew earned a B.A. in political science from U.C. San Diego and an A.A. in journalism from Palomar College. He grew up in the foothills north of San Diego and lives on the Upper West Side of New York.
Assistant Editor, Digital Platforms
The New York Times, New York (October 2012–Present)
Staff Writer, Nieman Journalism Lab
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, Cambridge, Mass. (March 2011–September 2012)
Media reporter for the leading authority on news innovation, specializing in public broadcasting, media literacy, and disruptive technology. Co-managed @NiemanLab. Invented Fuego, a robot that mines social media for the most interesting links in journalism. Citizen of the Internet. Spotter and creator of trends. Data journalist.
Developer & Co-Founder, Audiofiles
Cambridge, Mass. (November 2011–Present)
Designed, developed a website and purpose-built network for sharing great radio stories. (Read about it at Nieman Lab.)
Reporter/Senior Producer/Project Manager, WBUR
Boston (September 2008–March 2011)
Led the digital-first transition for a large public radio newsroom. Chief architect of wbur.org, the first website to integrate NPR’s API; managed a team of five and launched in five months. Developed standards, best practices for Web publishing. Trained and supported an 80-person news staff. Authored the station’s first style guide. Managed social media strategy. Founding host of Hubbub, a daily news blog about “what’s happening now in Boston.” Adapted original web stories for FM broadcast weekly.
San Diego (July 2006–August 2008)
Radio journalist, local anchor of “Weekend Edition.” Fill-in host, producer of “Morning Edition.” Produced extensive national reporting on the 2007 Southern California wildfires for NPR. Founding fellow of The Jacobs Project for Reporting Excellence, a multiplatform training program. Helped develop standards, best practices for newsroom convergence. Contributed frequently to NPR newscasts and the national business program “Marketplace.”
Freelance Reporter, North County Times
Escondido, Calif. (January 2005–July 2006)
Business reporter. Author of a weekly series profiling innovative executives in the San Diego area.