Jon Keegan

Investigative Data Journalist


February 2019 - Present

The Markup

Investigative Data Journalist

Reporting on big tech platforms, consumer privacy and the third party data industry.

January 2020 - May 2021

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Co-teaching "Information Warfare Reporting : How to Report in a Hostile Information Environment" with Emily Bell - Spring 2020 and Spring 2021

March 2017 - August 2018

Tow Center for Digital Journalism - Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University

Senior Research Fellow

Advised research fellows on research, contributed to policy exchange forums and events and built tools focused on signals of trust in news on social media.

Fall 2017

The New School

Part-Time Faculty

Taught a class called "Finding the Stories in Visual Datasets" through the Journalism + Design program at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts .

January 2015 - December 2016

The Wall Street Journal

Visual Correspondent

Independent enterprise role. My work explored the hidden patterns around us in technology, society and culture. You can see my work here:

July 2013 - January 2015

The Wall Street Journal

Director, Interactive Graphics

I led the Interactive Graphics team during a period of transition, and was tasked with doubling the staff. At its peak, the team was comprised of sixteen people – a mix of journalists, developers and designers. We built visual stories, data visualizations, news apps and many tools for the newsroom.

October 1998 - July 2013

The Wall Street Journal

Interactive Designer

Design and development of interactive news apps. Collaborated with WSJ print editors and reporters on translating linear narratives for the web. Created several key content management systems to optimize production workflow.

1995 - 2010

Freelance Illustration

Freelance Illustration clients include: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, HarperCollins, US News & World Report, Tennis, Publisher's Weekly.


Syracuse University

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration, 1995


May 1, 2017

Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism

Blue Feed, Red Feed

May 1, 2017

Global Editors Network: Shortlist - News data app of the year

Blue Feed, Red Feed

February 1, 2017

Society for News Design: SND Best of Digital: Gold

The Wall Street Journal was awarded a Gold in the SND's Best of Digital Awards for "Blue Feed, Red Feed", which I created and published in May of 2016. Using Facebook's tools and data we were able to illustrate the "filter bubble" phenomenon by displaying how individual news topics were being covered by popular publishers on Facebook, who were aligned with partisan liberal and conservative users.

March 7, 2017

Scripps Howard Foundation: Scripps Howard Awards

Finalist - Digital Innovation for "Blue Feed, Red Feed"

November 1, 2016

National Press Foundation: Honorable Mention - Best Use of Technology in Journalism Award

Blue Feed, Red Feed. "The Wall Street Journal took to heart the one-sidedness of the political conversation on social media. Journalists created an original tool that gave readers a side-by-side look at real conversations on Facebook from both sides of the political spectrum."

September 1, 2016

Online News Association: Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Large

Blue Feed, Red Feed

February 1, 2016

Society for News Design: SND37 Best of Digital Design: Award of Excellence

Awarded for my portfolio of work in the "Portfolios: Individual" category.

February 1, 2016

2015 Entry Portfolios: Individual: SND37: Best of Digital Design. Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence for A Field Guide to the Solar System

April 1, 2015

Kantar: Information is Beautiful Awards 2015: Short List

A Field Guide to the Solar System

June 1, 2012

UCLA Anderson School of Management: 2012 Gerald Loeb Award

Shared the 2012 Gerald Loeb Award in the Online Enterprise category for my work on WSJ's "JetTracker" news application ( )

February 1, 2012

Society for News Design: SND34 Best of Digital Design: Silver Medal and Award of Excellence

Silver medal and an award of excellence in the data project category for "Grading the Teachers", searchable database of NYC public school teacher (4th-8th grade) report cards issued by the Department of Education. Our project made significant improvements to the City's visualization of the teacher's scores, and used clear easy-to-read design to help illustrate the underlying flaws in the rating system.

February 1, 2012

Society for News Design: SND34 Best of Digital Design: Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence in the data project / breaking news category. "Murder in America" is a searchable database of ten years of FBI homicide data, broken down by race, sex, age, circumstance, geography and method of killing.