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Jack Gillum

Senior Reporter

Jack Gillum is a senior reporter at ProPublica covering technology, specializing in how algorithms, big data and social media platforms affect people’s daily lives and civil rights. He joined ProPublica in July 2018.

Gillum comes to ProPublica from The Washington Post, where he was part of the investigative team that dug into mismanaged taxpayer funds and troubled relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Prior to the Post, Gillum was an investigative reporter at The Associated Press, where he broke stories on the existence and location of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, as well as a U.S.-backed “Cuban Twitter” program that secretly mined data for political purposes. At the AP, he also covered two presidential races and the world of campaign finance.

Gillum began his career as a business reporter and database specialist at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, his hometown. He is a graduate of Columbia University's graduate school of journalism and Santa Clara University in California. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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