Speaker profile

Jesse Holcomb

Jesse Holcomb teaches journalism, digital media and communication at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is a fellow at the Columbia Journalism School's Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Prior to this, Holcomb was an associate director of research at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. For 10 years at the Center, he helped design and execute a broad research agenda around journalism, technology and civic life. Holcomb is co-author of nine State of the News Media reports, studies on fake news, local news and civic engagement, news habits on social platforms, the economics of nonprofit journalism, and much more. He is widely quoted in national and international media such as the New York Times, NPR and BBC, and speaks regularly about his research to audiences in the U.S. and abroad.

Holcomb holds a masters degree from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and has held writing and editorial roles at Sojourners magazine and the Public Interest Network.