Philip Meyer, reporter who brought data crunching to newsrooms, dies at 93

In the 1960s, he pioneered using social science methods and computers for investigative journalism


Philip Meyer, a journalist who introduced computers to newsrooms in the late 1960s as a powerful tool for mining reams of data, inspiring generations of reporters to fuse social science methods with classic reporting to produce revelatory journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Carrboro, N.C. He was 93.

The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his daughter Kathy Lucente.

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