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Simon Rogers headshot

Simon Rogers is an award-winning data journalist, writer and speaker. Co-host of The Data Journalism Podcast with Alberto Cairo and author of ‘Facts are Sacred‘, published by Faber & Faber around the world. He has also written a range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Google, based in San Francisco, he is director of the Sigma Data Journalism Awards and teaches Data Journalism at Medill-Northwestern University in San Francisco and has taught at U Cal Berkeley Journalism school. He has also been a commissioning editor for Vox – and been interviewed about The Beatles and data for the I Am The Egg Pod podcast.

He has been deeply involved in recent award-winning projects, such as:

• Electionland (winner of ONA and SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards)

• Google Year in Search (2016 & 2017 Webby Awards)

Visualizing Google Data project (Information is Beautiful Awards, 2017)


Simon edited and created  guardian.co.uk/data, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them – and probably the world’s most popular data journalism website.

He was also Twitter’s first ever Data Editor, working to tell stories from billions of tweets.

He has been a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. He was closely involved in the paper’s exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the coverage of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wikileaks war logs. He was also a key part of the Reading the Riots team which investigated the causes of the 2011 England disturbances. The launch news editor of the Guardian’s website, guardian.co.uk, he has edited the paper’s science section and has three Guardian books, including How Slow Can You Waterski? and The Hutton Inquiry and its impact.

Simon received the Royal Statistical Society’s award for statistical excellence in journalism.

factscoverHe has also been named Best UK Internet Journalist by the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University.  He won the inaugural XCity award from City University.

His Factfile UK series of supplements won a silver at the Malofiej infographics award and the Datablog won the Newspaper Awards prize for Best Use of New Media.

The Datastore was also honoured at:
Online Media Awards, 2012 (commendation)
Knight Batten awards for innovation in journalism, 2011
Technical innovation, Online Media Awards 2011
Best use of new media for Guardian Datablog, Newspaper Awards 2011

Simon is author of Facts are Sacred: the Power of Data (out on Kindle). And check out the hardback version from Faber & Faber, and this interactive version from iTunes. He is the author of a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick.

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Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Google, California. Formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. Created the Guardian Datablog. All opinions on this site are mine, not my employers'. Read more >>

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