We’re delighted to announce that Stuart Thompson will be joining us as a misinformation reporter, bringing his exceptional visual and data skills to bear on a hugely important area of coverage.
Stuart showed his range over the last several years while building Opinion’s visual journalism team. He worked as a player-coach, running the group while also earning bylines on some of the section’s award-winning features, including the Privacy Project and Trump’s Lies. You also, no doubt, clicked on his work late last year when you were trying to figure out how soon you might get the vaccine.
Stuart will apply a similar eye to write about the false and misleading information spreading online and elsewhere, teaming up with others in the newsroom when it makes sense. (Look — and listen — to what he encountered in a QAnon chat room.) His list of good ideas is already long.
This is a return to the news side for Stuart, who came to the paper from The Wall Street Journal in 2017. While at the Journal, he became its graphics director, overseeing a group of more than two dozen editors and developers. In that role, Steve Duenes said, he made a big impact on the quality and ambition of the Journal’s visual work, lifting it substantially. He joined The Times to build Opinion’s interactive graphics unit. Katie Kingsbury called him “incredibly talented.”
He’ll join us after Thanksgiving.
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