Jennifer PrestonJennifer Preston is the vice president for journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.

Preston joined the Knight Foundation last fall after nearly two decades at The New York Times, where she held various positions, including the newsroom’s first social media editor.

A veteran journalist, she spent most of her career in New York City as a reporter, senior editor and digital newsroom pioneer. Just before leaving The Times, she helped launch the real-time, curated news feature, Watching, on the homepage of At the Times, she also helped advance a new form of digital storytelling on The Lede, combining video, images and user-generated content from social media platforms with original reporting.

Before joining The New York Times, Preston worked for more than a decade at New York Newsday as City Hall bureau chief, deputy metropolitan editor, and circulation marketing manager. She also previously worked at The Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Bulletin.

Preston is an alumna of Boston University. She has been married for more than 25 years to Christopher Conway, an op-ed editor at The New York Times. They are the proud parents of 22-year-old twins. Follow Preston on Twitter at @jenniferpreston.


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