Brooke Williams

Associate Professor of the Practice of Computational Journalism

About Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is an investigative reporter who specializes in data journalism. Her work has contributed to a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, a George Polk Award and a Gerald Loeb Award, among many others.

As a contributor to The New York Times, she co-authored and built the database behind a series of front-page investigations into think tanks, foreign governments, corporations and influence. As a reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, Williams was on the team that produced “Windfalls of War,” an award-winning investigation into defense contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also co-authored “Harmful Error: Investigating America’s Local Prosecutors” and contributed a chapter to “The Buying of the President 2004,” a New York Times bestselling book. Early in her career, she worked as an investigative reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune where her collaborative investigations into wildfire cleanup, city finances and other issues had a lasting impact.

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, inewsource and NPR. Williams currently is a contributor to The Intercept and working on a multi-year investigation into federal prosecutors that utilizes machine learning.

Students looking to publish their work and gain professional clips in the Boston Globe and other national and local outlets. Students interested in investigative journalism and data-driven reporting. Williams’ courses emphasize not only learning and practicing but also publishing course work — from features and hard news to deep dive investigations and data-driven projects.

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