Jennifer Peebles

Journalist in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer PeeblesDigital Editor at the Washington (DC) Examiner newspaper, former data editor there. I (heart) public records.

Personal & Professional Profile

I do an old job -- telling stories -- in new digital ways as digital editor for an all-politics news website. In my previous role as data editor, I created original watchdog journalism with an additional focus on mapping and interactive and multimedia projects.


  • Seasoned line editor and newsroom team leader
  • Using state and federal freedom of information laws
  • Computer-assisted reporting
  • GIS mapping using ESRI's ArcMap software and QGIS
  • Making interactive Google Maps
  • Podcasting
  • Extensive experience with social media
  • Hosting training Webinars on open government
  • Basic graphics skills with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash
  • Basic photography

Work Experience

Deputy Editor

Texas Watchdog

  • Period: September 2008 - March 2012
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Supervisor: Trent Seibert

I wore many hats in a small nonprofit newsroom.

  • Produced original enterprise and investigative journalism
  • Supervised education coverage and edit my colleagues' work
  • In-house expert on using freedom of information laws
  • Produced GIS maps and interactive Google Maps
  • Hosted our podcast on open government issues, Transparency Talk
  • Frequent host and co-host of our monthly Webinar on using open government laws, TrentTV
  • Counseled journalists, citizen-journalists and others across Texas about using freedom of information laws to access public information

Reporter, editor

The Tennessean

I was proud to work at Nashville's morning daily for 14 years.

  • Was government team leader when I left to join two friends in launching Texas Watchdog
  • Oversaw newspaper's 2005 investigation that led to massive changes in the Tennessee Highway Patrol
  • I was the first person in the newsroom on Twitter and started the first news-side blog
  • Started as a summer intern on the state desk and was hired after college to cover a suburban county
  • Eventually became night/weekend regional editor, then state editor, then government editor
  • Supervised three reporters embedded with the Army's 101st Airborne Division (two did stints in Iraq and one in Afghanistan)
  • At different times, I was also the unofficial military editor, the "storm team" editor (for severe weather and major breaking news), the Local News calendar editor and the 1A Sunday digest editor
  • As a young reporter, I covered the Olympic torch's 1996 visit to Nashville and was part of the team that covered the Nashville Predators' first NHL hockey game

Education & Training

Professional training

Fellow, July 2011 multimedia workshop, Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California-Berkeley; National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting mapping boot camp, 2007; Analyst's Notebook Level 1 class, i2, Tyson's Corner, Va., 2009; National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting CAR boot camp, 2001; Poynter Institute newspaper reporting and writing seminar, 2000.

Vanderbilt University

Bachelor of Arts degree in history

Editor of student newspaper, The Vanderbilt Hustler; Richard A. Geyer Jr. Award winner (for student journalists); Charles Forrest Alexander Award winner (for student journalists); McTyeire Hall resident (German hall); McGill Project resident.

Awards & Portfolio


Selected Works

  • THP series
  • Ellis bonds
  • Car thefts heat map
  • Gore Nobel
  • Springfield
  • Cairo School