Katy Byron

Program Manager
The Poynter Institute

Katy Byron is a third generation journalist with more than 15 years experience in social media, TV, print and digital news. She joined The Poynter Institute as the Editor & MediaWise Program Manager in October, 2018. This groundbreaking project aims to teach teenagers media literacy and how to learn the difference between reliable and unreliable information on social media and throughout the internet. Katy is very passionate about news and the development of new storytelling styles and techniques using innovative technology. Prior to Poynter, Katy was the first Managing Editor for News at Snapchat overseeing coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as all other domestic and international news Our Stories coverage on the platform. Under her leadership, Snapchat expanded its Our Stories news coverage beyond politics to include breaking news and international news, in addition to doubling the number of news stories on the platform. While Katy was at Snapchat, the news Our Stories were viewed by tens of millions of users worldwide. Before her foray into mobile-first news, she worked at CNN for nearly 10 years covering breaking news, international news, politics and business news in New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. While working for CNN, Katy won a George Peabody Award in 2011 for CNN’s Arab Spring coverage and another for CNN's 2008 U.S. presidential election coverage. She later returned to her business news journalism roots, and moved to CNBC and produced for anchor and The New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin on the network's flagship morning show 'Squawk Box.'



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