Irena Fischer-Hwang MEng '12, SB '11,
- The Dallas Morning News
- Stanford University - Graduate Student in Journalism
I am a graduate student in the Master of Journalism program at Stanford University. I am also a data journalist with Stanford University’s Big Local News team, and produce the MIT Club of Northern California’s podcast, MIT Catalysts. Previously, I was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News.
In 2019, I completed my doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford University, where my research centered around bioinformatics, image compression and science communication.
I began working on data journalism with Big Local News in 2018 under a Brown Institute for Media Innovation grant. My data-driven investigative work, like this piece about the rising costs of California’s wildfires, is centered around using computational tools to do watchdog reporting.
After I complete my master’s degree, I plan to integrate my expertise in data analysis with my skills in written and audio storytelling through investigative journalism.
Why did you decide to volunteer with the MITCNC?
I wanted to apply my storytelling skills to my alumni community
Tell us a bit about your role with the MITCNC. What are your responsibilities in this position?
I produce the MITCNC podcast, MIT Catalysts. This entails reviewing the raw audio files, recording additional audio, editing and creating the final podcast, and publishing it.
What exciting things can we expect to see from your area of focus in the coming months? (e.g., social events, speakers, etc.)
Monthly podcast episodes with movers and shakers in the San Francisco Bay Area!
Describe one of your most memorable MIT moments.
Singing “Finite Simple Group” as a member of the MIT Asymptones a cappella group