A drone and data journalist based in Urbana, Illinois, USA who develops drone technology and small unmanned aerial systems for use in investigative reporting. He’s also the founder of DroneJournalism.org, and writes about drones, data and journalism at MentalMunition.com.
Since changing career paths in college from engineering to journalism, he’s written for newspapers, alternative newsweeklies and news websites, and holds a master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he taught journalism. He continues to work at the university as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.
At the grant, he heads the “Drones for Schools” program, a project-based learning initiative where high school students learn STEM concepts and practice engineering design as they build and operate their own unmanned aerial vehicles for photomapping missions.