Cheryl Phillips is a Hearst Professional In Residence in the Stanford Journalism Program.

Cheryl Phillips

The Seattle Times was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of a deadly landslide near Oso, Wash., last year.

Stanford Journalism Program Hearst Professional-In-Residence Cheryl Phillips — previously data innovation editor at The Seattle Times — was involved in the breaking news coverage of the slide, which killed 43 people. Phillips helped with coordinating the collection of key information on victims, editing and working on interactive maps that showed the scope of the devastation.

“The Seattle Times newsroom is full of tireless, talented journalists,” Phillips said. “The Oso story was heartbreaking, but I was glad to be a part of a newsroom that told this story with care and on every platform that made sense.”

“Our data editor, Cheryl Phillips, teamed up with graphics, the investigative team, Metro and the producer crew to provide accurate information to our readers that the government was withholding,” Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best previously said of Phillips’ work.

The mudslide coverage has also been recognized with awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the Online News Association (ONA).

Before her role at Stanford, Phillips previously worked at The Seattle Times from 2002-2014. As data innovation editor, she analyzed data for stories, facilitated online storytelling and coordinated newsroom data journalism training. She also was the deputy investigations editor, an assistant metro editor and an investigative reporter at The Seattle Times. In 2009, she was the lone editor in the newsroom when four police officers were shot at a coffee shop and was integrally involved in the subsequent coverage of the shooting and 30-hour manhunt for the suspect. That coverage by the newsroom received a Pulitzer Prize. She has twice been on teams that were Pulitzer finalists. She has worked at USA Today and at newspapers in Michigan, Montana and Texas.

This quarter at Stanford, Phillips is teaching an interdisciplinary, data-focused investigative reporting course along with engineering professor Bill Behrman on “becoming a watchdog.” Phillips is also on the founding teams of the California Civic Data Coalition and the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab.

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