ProPublica announced Friday that Lisa Larson-Walker will be joining its staff as art director. She will lead ProPublica’s story presentation team, overseeing the use of photography, illustrations and other visuals to elevate the newsroom’s journalism and maximize its impact.
Larson-Walker comes to ProPublica from Slate Magazine, where she has helped shape visuals since 2013, most recently as art director. During her seven years at Slate, she led branding and content strategy for the site’s redesign, spearheaded a yearly summer illustration internship program, and launched and edited its Instagram feed, among other initiatives. She previously worked as photo editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and as a freelance photo editor for Matter. As a freelance illustrator, she has worked for ACLU Magazine, Barron’s, Foreign Policy, The New Republic and The New York Times, among other media outlets and institutions. She’s a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art.
“Lisa’s innovative vision, paired with her keen understanding of how visuals can help readers fully understand and care about complex stories, make her the perfect creative force for ProPublica,” Scott Klein, deputy managing editor, said. “We’re thrilled to bring her immense talents to our visual storytelling.”
“I am profoundly humbled and honored to be joining the team at ProPublica,” Larson-Walker said. “Everyone I've had the chance to meet so far throughout the hiring process radiates a kindness, rigor and intelligence that shines through the work published, and I'm so excited to be inspired by everyone else I have the good fortune to be working with soon.”