Tom Meagher | Columbia Journalism School

Tom Meagher

Adjunct Faculty

Tom Meagher is the deputy managing editor of The Marshall Project, a non-profit investigative news organization, where he leads a team of data reporters, developers, designers, and visual journalists covering the U.S. criminal justice system. 

A veteran reporter and editor, Meagher joined The Marshall Project in 2014 and was part of the team that launched the award-winning newsroom and its website. Before that, he 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.

Meagher's reporting has been recognized by state, national, and global organizations. At the Marshall Project, 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.

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