• Title Associate Professor of the Practice of Computational Journalism
  • Office 640 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Phone (617) 353-3484

Brooke Williams is an investigative reporter who specializes in data journalism. As a contributor for The New York Times, she co-authored and built a database for a story that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. Most recently for the Times, she co-authored Think Tanks Inc., an investigative series examining corporate influence at some of the country’s most powerful think tanks. As a reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, Williams was on the team that won the George Polk Award for Internet Reporting for “Windfalls of War,” an investigation into defense contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also co-authored the book “Harmful Error: Investigating America’s Local Prosecutors” and contributed a chapter to “The Buying of the President 2004,” a New York Times bestseller. Before joining Boston University, she was a residential journalism fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Her internationally recognized data-driven investigations have appeared in print and online as well as on radio and TV in publications such as ABC World News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, NPR, VICE and The New Republic. Williams currently is working on an investigation that utilizes machine learning for The Intercept.

Twitter: @reporterbrooke

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MS in Journalism