Susan McGregor is Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School, where she helps supervise the dual-degree program in Journalism & Computer Science. She teaches primarily in areas of data journalism & information visualization, with a research interests in digital security, knowledge management and alternative forms of digital distribution. McGregor was the Senior Programmer on the News Graphics team at the Wall Street Journal Online for four years before joining Columbia Journalism School in 2011.
In 2012, McGregor received a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation for her work on Dispatch, a mobile app for secure source communication. In June of 2014 she published the Tow/Knight report “Digital Security and Source Protection for Journalists,” which explores the legal and technical underpinnings of the challenges journalists face in protecting sources while using digital tools to report. In the fall of 2015, the National Science Foundation funded McGregor and collaborators Drs. Kelly Caine and Franzi Roesner to research and develop secure, usable communications tools for journalists and others. She conducts regular trainings with journalists and academics on practical strategies for protecting sources and research subjects.