Aaron Kessler is a data journalist with The Associated Press based in Washington, D.C.
A frequent award winner, Kessler has more than a decade of experience as a data scientist, beat reporter and newsroom innovator covering a wide range of complex government and business subjects. He has worked for Bloomberg, CNN, Scripps and The New York Times, among other news organizations. He is an industry-leading data practitioner and coder who is a fan of R, although he uses all manner of data tools and programming structures to build interactive experiences for news audiences. Kessler is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) who believes self-organized, empowered teams can field innovation not just in technology-driven settings but also for news reporting projects. He completed the elite Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business & Economics Journalism, a one-year full-time MBA course at Columbia Business School.
He also teaches data journalism at George Washington University. Kessler is a longtime IRE member, speaking on numerous panels and leading training sessions at conferences over the years. He also is active in the National Press Club, Project Management Institute, Scrum Alliance and Society of American Business Editors & Writers.
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