About Andrew Phelps

Andrew Phelps

Product Director at The New York Times. Most recently oversaw the NYTimes news apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Former Times editor and coauthor of “Innovation.” Creator of Fuego. Co-founder of Audiofiles. Previously: Covered media innovation for Nieman Lab at Harvard University; helped build a digital newsroom at WBUR public radio in Boston; reported and anchored for KPBS in San Diego. B.A. in political science from U.C. San Diego. Residing in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Senior Product Manager
The New York Times, New York (July 2014–Present)

Product lead for the NYTimes mobile apps on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

• Invented One-Sentence Stories for Apple Watch, a quick way to catch up on the news. John Gruber called it “a really cool app.” The Verge called it one of the nine best apps for Apple Watch.

• Led a cross-functional team of journalists and engineers to build a mobile news desk and redesign our flagship iPhone app. Featured by Apple as an “essential” app.

Assistant Editor, Digital Platforms
The New York Times (October 2012–July 2014)

Applied my skills in journalism + code to bring The Times to millions of readers on mobile platforms.

• Coauthored “Innovation,” a groundbreaking report on the challenges of digital change within the Times newsroom. Nieman Lab called it “one of the key documents of this digital age.” The report has been studied and replicated in businesses and universities around the world.

• Lead editor on the team that created Today’s Paper, a web app that brings the joy and completeness of the newspaper to tablets. Gizmodo called it “positively gorgeous.”

• Worked with designers, engineers and product managers to develop new features for our news apps.

Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, Nieman Lab
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (March 2011–September 2012)

Covered innovation in news. Longform analysis of tech, business models, and ideas. Poynter called my data-driven analysis of Gawker’s editorial strategy “a piece every modern media writer should aspire to producing.”

Invented Fuego, a robot that follows journalists on Twitter to determine what stories they’re talking about most. Open-sourced the project on GitHub. AdWeek described the software as “an incredible way to glean the freshest, most accurate information from Twitter without weeding through the firehouse yourself.”

Developer & Co-Founder, Audiofiles
(November 2011–Present)

Designed, developed a website and social community for sharing great radio stories. (Read about it at Nieman Lab.)

Senior Producer, WBUR
Boston (September 2008–March 2011)

Led the digital-first transition for a large public radio newsroom. Managed the relaunch of Developed training and standards for Web publishing. Managed social strategy. Reported original stories for the web and adapted them for broadcast.

Reporter, Anchor, KPBS
San Diego (July 2006–August 2008)

Radio journalist, local anchor of “Weekend Edition” at a large public radio newsroom. Fill-in host, producer of “Morning Edition.” Reported on the 2007 Southern California wildfires for a national audience. Helped launch The Jacobs Project for Reporting Excellence, a digital training program. Contributed frequently to NPR newscasts and the national business program “Marketplace.”

Freelance Reporter, North County Times (defunct)
Escondido, Calif. (January 2005–July 2006)

Business reporter for a medium-size regional daily newspaper. Author of a weekly series of profiles of San Diego-area executives.