Tom Meagher | Columbia Journalism School

Tom Meagher

Adjunct Faculty

Tom Meagher is a senior editor at The Marshall Project, the non-profit investigative news organization that covers the U.S. criminal justice system. A veteran reporter and editor, he joined The Marshall Project in 2014 as its inaugural data editor and was part of the team that launched the newsroom and its website. In his current role, Meagher leads collaborative, data-driven reporting projects with his colleagues and journalists at partnering news outlets, as well as undertaking his own reporting and data analysis.

Stories he's edited at The Marshall Project have been honored with a National Magazine Award, two Edward R. Murrow awards, a gold medal in the Society for News Design's Best of Digital awards, two Online Journalism Awards and more. As a reporter, his work has won a Data Journalism Award from the Global Editors Network and the first human rights special award from Malofiej, honoring news graphics from around the world.

Before coming to The Marshall Project, Meagher ran a team of interactive and data journalists for the Digital First Media newspaper chain's national newsroom, Project Thunderdome. Prior to that, he spent eight years as a reporter and editor for local news outfits in New Jersey, culminating as the data editor at the state's largest newspaper, the Star-Ledger in Newark. His first reporting job was covering night cops for a small daily paper in Kansas.

A 2004 graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, Meagher also earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.