Lauren Kirchner is an investigative reporter and an occasional adjunct professor at Columbia’s journalism school. Most recently, she was a senior reporting fellow at ProPublica where she investigated discriminatory black-box algorithms as part of the “Machine Bias” team of reporters and programmers. Previously, she covered crime and criminal justice for Pacific Standard and digital security for the Columbia Journalism Review.
As a freelance journalist, she wrote for Slate, Capital New York, Wired and The Awl, among many other outlets. She also formerly edited The Baffler’s website and the Longform.org podcast.
Lauren graduated with honors and a Pulitzer Travel Fellowship from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and majored in philosophy as an undergrad at Wesleyan University.
A million years ago, she produced talk shows on the now-defunct Air America Radio and worked in the web production department of The Richmond Times-Dispatch. She grew up in both Virginia and Long Island, which makes sense when you meet her.