Nicole Bode is an award-winning reporter and editor with decades of experience in shoe-leather reporting, fact checking and research as well as a deep knowledge of the world of digital media startups.
She was part of the founding team behind DNAinfo, which launched in 2009 as a Manhattan-only news website and went on to set the bar for online-only hyperlocal news reporting both in New York City and in Chicago before its closure in 2017. During her time there, she served as the deputy editor of news, managing editor and the site’s first data visualizations editor.
Previously, she spent eight years as a reporter at the New York Daily News, including as a local, national and international breaking news reporter, education reporter and criminal justice reporter.
She also helped more than a dozen new newsrooms get their start — including Documented, Popula, FAQ NYC and Block Club Chicago — as co-founder and the head of newsroom sustainability at Civil, a blockchain-based newsroom incubator.
Most recently, she was the director of research at TED, where she developed and oversaw the fact checking pipeline for talks, podcasts and educational content. She has taught at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and the New School for Social Research at Eugene Lang College’s News and Narrative Design program.
She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology.