John Keefe

  1. Adjunct Faculty

John Keefe is a journalist, tinkerer, and coder who works at Quartz as a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz’s breakthrough apps.

Keefe also teaches classes on bots and rapid prototyping at theCraig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and runs a tiny tinkering company called Really Good Smarts LLC.

Before moving to Quartz, he was senior editor for data news at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists who specialize in data reporting, coding, and design for visualizations and investigations.

Keefe is the author of “Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World” from Maker Media, which grew from his effort to make something new every week for a year.

He has led classes and workshops at Columbia University, the New School University, and New York University. He was also an innovator in residence at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media.

Keefe blogs at

John Keefe’s pronouns are he, him, his.