Chief Nerd @KnightLab • Project lead @CensusReporter • Host, Conference of the Birds, WNUR-FM • Data Journalism • Civic Tech • Open Source
Joe Germuska is the director of software engineering at the Northwestern University Knight Lab, although he prefers the title “Chief Nerd.” He is also the project lead on Census Reporter, a Knight News Challenge project to make U.S. Census data easy for journalists to use. Before joining the Knight Lab, Joe was a founding member of the news application team at the Chicago Tribune and a project board member for the PANDA project, another Knight News Challenge winner. Joe also co-founded the Open Government Chicago meetup. For fun, every Tuesday Joe gets up well before dawn to host “Conference of the Birds,” an eclectic music radio program on WNUR-FM.