UW Graduate School

Amanda Cox

  • Data Editor, The New York Times

May 7, 2020  |   7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 120

  • This event is free and open to public, advance registration required.
  • REGISTRATION CLOSED. Online ticket sales/ registration for this event are closed, as it is at capacity. As a courtesy, the Graduate School will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45 p.m. in Kane Hall. Stand-by seating will begin at 7:15 PM for any unclaimed reserved seats. You must appear in person to claim stand-by seats; no stand-by seating is guaranteed.

Visualizing Doubt

The New York Times election needle was a tool for following live election results. It may reach more people than anything else Amanda Cox, data editor of The New York Times, takes part in for the rest of her career. But that was almost four years ago. In this talk, Cox will share The New York Times’ latest work in communicating data and models to mass audiences. That work includes words, charts, and believing that uncertainty is a strength.

Amanda Cox is the data editor of The New York Times. She joined its graphics department in 2005, making charts and maps for the paper and its website. Since 2016, she has been the editor of The Upshot section, which offers an analytical approach to the day’s news.

She is one of the top data visualizers in the world, as measured by surveys, Malofiej awards, or repeat conference invitations. Her work is admired across disciplines. She has been invited to speak before students of architecture, art, astronomy, biology, business, computer science, design, economics, education, English, epidemiology, journalism, law, mathematics, political science, psychology, and statistics.

Amanda is a 2005 graduate of the University of Washington (MA, Statistics) and a 2002 graduate of St. Olaf College.

Sponsoring Departments

  • Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Sociology