Erin Polgreen

Erin Polgreen eats, sleeps, and breathes media. She is cofounder of Symbolia, a magazine that merges graphic novels and journalism and regularly consults for a variety of foundations and media organizations. For more information, email

Polgreen has produced work for American Public Media, Tumblr's Storyboard, Minnesota Public Radio, Walkey Foundation, Nieman Reports, and other outlets. Her work has been covered by Forbes, Fastco, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

In May 2012, Polgreen co-authored Engaging Audiences: Measuring Interactions, Engagement and Conversions with Jan Schaffer of J-Lab. The report focused on how digital-first news organizations are measuring--and struggling to measure--audience participation and the overall impact of their work.

Polgreen frequently speaks about editorial collaboration, audience engagement, comics journalism, and media innovation at venues such as the Public Radio Program Directors Association, NAMAC, the National Conference for Media Reform, the Society for News Design, and SXSWi.

Prior to founding Symbolia, Polgreen was interim director of The Media Consortium, where she oversaw strategic program development, editorial collaborations, and educational curriculum that supported a network of more than 50 leading independent media outlets.

Polgreen recently moved from Chicago, IL to Oakland, CA. She loves motorcycle touring. Follow her on Twitter: @ErinPolgreen.