Alexander Richards

Alex Richards

Assistant Professor

  • Magazine, News and Digital Journalism

Contact Information

Office Location

464 Newhouse 3


  • M.A. University of Missouri
  • B.A. University of Missouri


  • Data Journalism
  • Investigative Reporting

Alex Richards joined the Newhouse School from the San Francisco-based consumer finance startup NerdWallet, where he was the deputy editor of their investigative reporting team. He previously worked as a data reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Las Vegas Sun. Richards is also a former training director for Investigative Reporters & Editors, where he taught in-depth reporting and data journalism techniques in newsrooms across the country.

Richards was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011, and his reporting has been honored with the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism, among others. He has been a part of teams that have uncovered political patronage schemes, fraudulent student loan businesses and hidden accidents and injuries in hospitals.