Amanda Cox

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Amanda Cox
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Amanda Cox

Alma materSt. Olaf College, University of Washington
Scientific career

Amanda Cox is an American journalist and the editor of the New York Times data journalism section The Upshot. Cox helps develop and teach data journalism courses at the New York University School of Journalism.[1]

Life and education[edit]

Cox was born in Michigan in 1980, and raised by her accountant parents.[2] She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from St. Olaf College in 2001.[3] In 2005, she received her master's degree in statistics from the University of Washington.[4]

Career and research[edit]

She began her career at the New York Times as a summer intern while in graduate school.[5] Cox worked at the Federal Reserve Board from 2001 to 2003.[6] Cox was hired in 2005 as a graphics editor at The New York Times. In her years at the Times, Cox has worked on many stories using statistics and data visualization, making the Times one of the leaders in news graphics according to the Harvard Business Review.[7][8]

On April 22, 2014 the New York Times website launched[9] its data journalism section The Upshot with Amanda Cox as graphics editor.[10][11][11] Cox was named editor of The Upshot in early 2016, called "a rare intellect" and "a crucial part of the future leadership of The Times".[12] Her desk created the election monitoring needle for the 2016 US Presidential Election.[13][14]

In late 2017 Cox implemented a "live polling" feature at the Times, partnering with Siena College, allowing for election results in real time.[15] Cox is considered one of the Times' "resident experts on polling."[16]

Cox is a leader in the field of data visualization, called "the Michael Phelps of infographics".[17][18] Her conference talks have included Shaping Data for News at the Eyeo festival, and a keynoting at OpenVis Conf in 2013 and 2017.[19][20][21] In her opening keynote in 2013, Cox said design "wasn’t ultimately about typography and whitespace, but about empathy—about creating visualizations that readers can both understand and engage with emotionally."[20] Since Cox's tenure the times has "led the field of innovative information graphics" and "raised the bar of journalistic interactive visualization."[22]

She has also served as the judge for data visualization competitions and several of her data visualizations were selected for The Best American Infographics 2014 and The Best American Infographics 2016.[23][24]

Notable works[edit]

Influential articles that Cox has contributed to:

  • One 9/11 Tally: $3.3 Trillion[25]
  • The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986–2007,[26] a foremost example of a timely adoption of a information visualization technique, the streamgraph for wider audiences.[27]
  • The Voting Habits of Americans Like You[28]
  • Where the Poor Live Longer: How Your Area Compares[29]
  • You Draw It: How Family Income Predicts Children's College Chances[30]
  • Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares[31]


Cox received the National Design Award in 2009,[32] along with her graphics team at The New York Times. In 2011, Cox's team was awarded a Malofiej award for their Features Graphics Portfolio.[33] Cox was awarded the Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award by the American Statistical Association in 2012.[34] Her team has won a Gerald Loeb Award four times: in 2013 for Economics Interactives,[35] in 2014 for Interactive Graphics,[36] in 2016 for Making Data Visual[37] and in 2017 for Business Visuals.[38]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Amanda Cox". NYU Journalism. 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  2. ^ Julian Champkin (2012). "A Life in Statistics: Amanda Cox". Significance. Royal Statistical Society. 9 (5). doi:10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00605.x.
  3. ^ "Building career connections in New York City". St Olaf College. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Amanda Cox". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Interview with Amanda Cox". SimplyStatistics. 2012-06-01.
  6. ^ Cox, Amanda (2018-08-28). "Amanda Cox". The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  7. ^ Scott Berinato (2013-03-19). "The Power of Visualization's "Aha!" Moments". Harvard Business Review.
  8. ^ Doctor, Ken (2016-03-07). "From "service desk" to standalone: How The New York Times' graphics department has grown up". NiemanLab.
  9. ^ David Leonhardt (2014-04-22). "Navigate News With The Upshot". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Natalie Gil (2014-03-22). "New York Times launches data journalism site The Upshot". The Guardian.
  11. ^ a b John McDuling (2014-03-10). ""The Upshot" is the New York Times' replacement for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight". Quartz.
  12. ^ Baquet, Dean (2016-01-26). "Amanda Cox Named Editor, The Upshot". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Live Presidential Forecast". The New York Times.
  14. ^ Allan Smith (2017-11-08). "Trump closely watched the New York Times prediction meter on election night that had everyone freaking out — and he wasn't confident until it reached 90%". Business Insider.
  15. ^ "Live From the Battleground Districts: Polls of the Key Races for House Control". The New York Times. 2018-09-06. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  16. ^ "On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Jeff Flake's #Me Moment". The New York Times. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  17. ^ Nathan Yau (2009-03-31). "New York Times Shines at International Infographics Awards". FlowingData.
  18. ^ Juan Colombato. "Who Is the Most Influential Person in Infographics? Quién es el más influyente en infografía". Malofiej 27.
  19. ^ "Speaker Bio: Amanda Cox". eyeo festival. 2011.
  20. ^ a b Erin Kissane (2013-05-17). "The NYT's Amanda Cox on Winning the Internet". Source.
  21. ^ "OpenVis Conf 2017 - Video and Keynote Transcript". 2017.
  22. ^ Ferster, B.; Shneiderman, B. (2012). Interactive Visualization: Insight through Inquiry. The MIT Press. MIT Press. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-262-30486-3. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  23. ^ Cook, Gareth; Krulwich, Robert (2016). The best American infographics, 2016. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 38, 156.
  24. ^ Silver, N.; Cook, G. (2014). The Best American Infographics 2014. The Best American Series ®. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-547-97455-2. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  25. ^ Carter, Shan; Cox, Amanda (2011-09-08). "One 9/11 Tally: $3.3 Trillion". The New York Times.
  26. ^ Bloch, Matthew; Carter, Shan; Cox, Amanda (2008-02-23). "The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986-2007". The New York Times.
  27. ^ Cairo, Alberto (2017). Nerd Journalism (PhD). Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. p. 168f.
  28. ^ Cohn, Nate; Cox, Amanda (2016-06-10). "The Voting Habits of Americans Like You". The New York Times.
  29. ^ Aisch, Gregor; Bui, Quoctrung; Cox, Amanda; Quealy, Kevin (2016-04-11). "Where the Poor Live Longer: How Your Area Compares". The New York Times.
  30. ^ Aisch, Gregor; Cox, Amanda; Quealy, Kevin (2015-05-28). "You Draw It: How Family Income Predicts Children's College Chances". The New York Times.
  31. ^ Rich, Motoko; Cox, Amanda; Bloch; Matthew (2016-04-29). "Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares". The New York Times.
  32. ^ "Winner: The New York Times Graphics Department". Cooper Hewitt.
  33. ^ Jonathon Berlin (2012-03-24). "Malofiej 20 winners: The jury talks about the gold medal work". Society for News Design.
  34. ^ "New York Times Graphics Editor Amanda Cox Wins ASA 2012 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award". Cision:PRWeb. July 12, 2012.
  35. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2013 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". PR Newswire. June 25, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  36. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2014 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 24, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  37. ^ "Gerald Loeb Award Winners Announced". Adweek – Breaking News in Advertising, Media and Technology. 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  38. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2017 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 27, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

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