The Bureau Local’s team members combine years of experience in local reporting with award-winning data journalism and development skills. We’ve left our jobs at The Times, Trinity Mirror, Greenpeace Investigations and the Croydon Advertiser because we want other journalists to benefit from the use of technology in public interest reporting.
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Megan, formerly the Data Editor at The Times and Sunday Times, was part of the first data journalism team at The Times and led its development from a small supporting unit to a key component of investigations. She spearheaded the paper’s political data unit ahead of the 2015 General Election – making it the only one in the industry to reject polling data ahead of the vote. Using computational method, her team brought many issues into the public eye and won awards for revealing the widespread use of blood doping in the Olympics.
Megan is a long time fan of the Santa Barbara Independent, a local weekly paper she worked for in Santa Barbara, California where she went to university. Since living in east London she has enjoyed the Hackney Gazette and is a fan of the new co-op journalism models of the Bristol Cable and The Ferret.
Charles is a developer-journalist who has experience investigating data for stories using computational method. Originally from Quebec, he moved to Wales in 2014 to be part of Cardiff University’s first MSc computational journalism course. He won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for his work on public transport data in Montréal with the Huffington Post, Québec. Charles joins the Bureau Local from Trinity Mirror’s data unit in Cardiff having covered a wide range of social issues for the group’s many local papers.
Charles grew up reading La Presse and Le Devoir, two of the main french-language local papers in Montréal. Wales Online has been his source of choice for local news since moving to Cardiff. He also enjoys going on the Reddit thread r/unitedkingdom.
Maeve is an experienced investigative journalist who has written for Buzzfeed UK, the Guardian, the BBC, Vice News, and others. She joins The Bureau Local from Greenpeace's Energydesk. She is winner of the Bar Council's Legal Reporting Award and was nominated for last year's Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils. Maeve has covered many public interest stories with local elements and is experienced in national FOI stories.
Maeve grew up reading the Northwich Guardian and she is a big fan of the dogged reporting of the Manchester Evening News.
Gareth is an award-winning local reporter who specialises in public interest and investigative journalism. As the chief reporter of the Croydon Advertiser, a weekly newspaper in London, he won ten awards in five years, including Weekly Reporter of the Year at the Regional Press Awards a record four times. He established an award-winning data blog, led a campaign which prompted new legislation on driving under the influence of drugs in England and Wales, and undertook an investigation which led to the conviction of a serious fraudster. Gareth will be based in Lancashire as the Bureau Local’s northern voice.
Gareth grew up reading the Southampton Advertiser the Southern Daily Echo. Having recently moved to Lancashire, he is now reading the Blackpool Gazette and Lancashire Post (formerly the Evening Post).
Kirsty worked as a technology journalist and economics podcaster in East London for five years, ending up as business to business (B2B) tech editor for the New Statesman. However, in 2016 she headed back home to Liverpool to head up the talent and skills programme for Tech North - the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) initiative to accelerate the growth of digital business in the north of England.
It was her job to establish what the 'digital skills crisis' looks like in the North and work with others to do something about it. She was recognised for her work creating the Northern Voices network of female public speakers with a Northern Power Women Future List award in 2017. Fun fact: she also stood for local election twice.
Kirsty studied newspaper journalism at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. During her studies worked at her hometown newspaper, the Warrington Guardian, as well as at RockFM and the BBC in Manchester.
Advisers and partners
The Bureau Local is supported by an advisory board made up of the best in the data journalism industry worldwide. It includes Scott Klein, the deputy managing editor of ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning non-profit journalism organisation; Mar Cabra, head of data at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which led the Panama Papers investigation; and Aron Pilhofer, formerly digital executive editor at the Guardian and associate managing editor of digital strategy at the New York Times; and Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of the award-winning Center for Investigative Reporting, which was the first non-profit investigative journalism organisation to be founded in the US.