Maggie Farley

Director, ICFJ Knight Fellowships

It takes a journalist to spark change. As director of ICFJ’s flagship Knight Fellowships, Maggie Farley supports a global network of journalists who drive news innovation and experimentation worldwide. 

The Fellows become change makers: they go on to help other journalists and news organizations adopt new technologies to enhance news gathering, storytelling, editorial workflows, audience engagement and business models. 

Farley’s previous experience as a Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, American University adjunct professor, and Google News Initiative Teaching Fellow helps support that journalistic innovation. She understands what it takes to deeply report a story, engage a news community, fight misinformation and use tech tools for compelling storytelling. 

Farley holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree from Harvard University in East Asian Studies. She has won the U.N. Correspondents’ Club Gold Medal  for coverage of Darfur, and for the diplomatic wrangling before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She is a member of the National Leadership Council of the News Literacy Project, and co-developed a news judgment game called Factitious.