"I am looking forward to seeing journalism that is both principled and innovative. Most importantly, I hope to see bold work that pushes the boundaries of our industry and inspires new methods for 2017 and beyond."
Megan Lucero is the newly appointed Director of the Data Lab at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She was formerly the Data Journalism Editor at The Times and Sunday Times until December 2016. Megan was part of the Times's first data journalism team and led its development from a small supporting unit to a key component of news investigations. Her team’s data mining and analysis revealed the widespread use of blood doping in athletics (an award-winning investigation), six-figure pay deals given to charity executives, £2.4 billion in contracts GPs awarded to their own companies and the billions of pounds consultancies were given from the UK foreign aid budget. She also spearheaded The Times’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 election. Her work leading a computational investigative team has been recognised by the Royal Statistical Society, Global Editor's Network, Online Media Awards and British Journalism Awards. She is also one of the authors published in Data Journalism: Inside the global future.