Director, Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism
Ann Grimes is an award-winning veteran journalist who has held senior editorial positions at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She comes to the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship from Stanford University where most recently she served as Associate Director of the Brown Institute for Media innovation, a bi-coastal Institute anchored at Stanford’s School of Engineering and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. While at Brown, she helped oversee the funding and development of dozens of student-led media innovation grants. She also taught a number of interdisciplinary classes at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Hasso Plattner School of Design (Stanford’s d.school), the Departments of Computer Science and Communication where, earlier, she served as Professor of the Practice and Director of the Graduate Program in Journalism. Grimes has written widely on the subject of media innovation for The Columbia Journalism Review, Medium and other outlets.
Earlier, Grimes spent eight years with Dow Jones as a business journalist, editor and digital media manager. She first served as San Francisco Deputy Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal, overseeing expansion of the bureau and its coverage of Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom and covered the venture capital beat. She then served as Managing Editor of Dow Jones’s Enterprise Media Group. She led the business development and strategic planning for Dow Jones digital properties in venture capital, private equity, energy, and clean tech, while managing reporters on the East and West Coasts.
At The Washington Post, she served as the Deputy National Editor responsible for coverage of the federal government and ran a national news section that covered the political spectrum. Grimes is the author of Running Mates, a book about the 1988 presidential campaign, published by William Morrow & Co. Starting out, she wrote about social issues for The Chicago Reporter and contributed regularly to The New York Times.
Grimes serves on the advisory board of CalMatters and The Bay City News Foundation, a non-profit news organization. From 2015 to May 2020, she served on the board of the Stanford Daily. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from the University of Chicago and was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford.