Lauren Kirchner is a journalist who writes about the intersection between government and technology, and how the use of data in decisions affects people, particularly the most vulnerable.
Previously, Kirchner was a senior reporting fellow at ProPublica, where she was part of the team of reporters and programmers who were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for their “Machine Bias” series.
Before that, Kirchner was an assistant professor of Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has also worked as a freelance reporter, and her writing on technology and criminal justice has appeared in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Wired, Slate, The Awl, and Pacific Standard magazine. She began her journalism career at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.
Kirchner received her B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University, and her M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.