Megan Lucero

Director of the Bureau Local in London, United Kingdom

Megan Lucero

Director of the Bureau Local in London, United Kingdom

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I currently head the Bureau Local at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. I was formerly the Data Editor at The Times and Sunday Times in London. In my five years with the company I worked my way from an intern to the Head of Data for two newspapers. I am now part of the digital strategy team tasked with revolutionising how this 230-year-old institution crosses the digital divide.

My work on The Times cycling campaign and its five-part series on understanding the Syrian conflict changed the way the paper told stories digitally and turned traditional print readers into an active online community that lobbied for change. I then saw an opportunity to not only advance the digital offering but make our reporting of the web, not just on it.

I was part of the first data journalism team and led its development from a small supporting unit to a key component of Times investigations. I formed the current strategy at The Times which put journalists, programmers and statisticians in the heart of the newsroom.

My team’s data mining and analysis brought many issues into the public discourse, includingwidespread use of blood doping in athletics (an award-winning investigation), high profile figure’s participation in tax avoidance schemes, six-figure pay deals given to charity executives and the £2.4 billion in contracts GPs awarded to their own companies.

I also spearheaded the Times's political data unit that rejected polling data - now widely known for being flawed - ahead of the last General Election andpublished an election analysis based on machine learning.

  • Work
    • TBIJ
  • Education
    • City University of London
    • University of California Santa Barbara