Emily Chow designs, builds, edits and project manages stories that often integrate video, photography, audio and words in ways that break the typical article template mold. In her time as a developer and designer, she has built interactive graphics, data visualizations and digital presentations ranging from a drone crashes database to a graphic on the dangers of Great Falls, Va. to the multimedia-driven "The n-word" project. Now, Emily leads the Washington Post's story team. This cross-department team of four draws from Engineering, Design and Graphics to explore new visually-driven storytelling forms with a mission to enhance, intrigue and delight with every project.
In 2014, Emily was a guest lecturer for the University of Missouri's news graphics course, teaching basic web design, design thinking and digital strategy. She also continues to present and lead hands-on workshops at various conferences including SND, AAJA and ONA.
Emily is passionate about finding interesting ways to tell stories. With a background in reporting, design, photography and development, she lives for the conversations and collaborations that happen in various pockets of the newsroom, and enjoys straddling the space in between efficiency and experimentation.
Emily is a graduate of Northwestern University's journalism program. She grew up in Cupertino, Calif., yet never owned an Apple product until moving away for college. In her spare time, Emily is a volunteer photographer for City Dogs Rescue, a compulsive knitter and an avid baker.
Speaking & Teaching
Code With Me DC 2012: Mentor
AAJA 2013: Google fusion tables with Matt Stiles
ONA 2013: Tools for digital sleuthing with Connor Jennings and Will Van Wazer
ONA 2013: Constructing meaningful infographics with Heather Billings
AAJA 2014: Learn to Code (Basic HTML/CSS/JS) with Frank Bi
SND 2015: On Interactive Graphics and Designing for Users with Emily Yount (Student Session)
AAJA 2015: Scrape Data From the Internet and Get 100 Hours of Your Life Back with Sisi Wei
Mizzou’s JOURN 7508 Information Graphics: Guest lecturer on digital tools and basic HTML/CSS/JS (Winter 2013 - Spring 2015)