Who We Are: Meet the people behind DocumentCloud

DocumentCloud is a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing and publishing them on the web. Documents are contributed by journalists, researchers and archivists. We're helping reporters get more out of documents and helping newsrooms make their online presence more engaging.

DocumentCloud was founded in 2009 with a grant from the Knight News Challenge. After two years as an independent nonprofit organization, DocumentCloud became a project of Investigative Reporters and Editors in June 2011.

DocumentCloud Staff

IRE's staff are all actively involved in helping guide DocumentCloud's next stage of development.

Ted Han Ted Han runs DocumentCloud's technology efforts with a product focus. He studied computational linguistics and has worked in technology and startups for more than a decade. He was selected as a participant in the Knight Mozilla Journalism Challenge and has worked on DataMapper, Merb and a variety of data-based projects, including the CrisisCommons response to the Tohoku earthquake & tsunami.

Justin Reese Justin Reese joined DocumentCloud's development team in 2015 and focuses on the platform’s front-end components. Before that, Justin spent years translating complicated business requirements into simple, usable web apps for companies such as Essilor Labs and Bon-Ton; and his civic coding contributions include Hack Tyler. Justin's artistry extends beyond software: he also makes short films and tolerable Neapolitan-style pizza.

Lauren GrandestaffLauren Grandestaff, director of IRE's Resource Center, provides support to DocumentCloud users. She directs collection, indexing, and archiving of research materials that include tens of thousands of investigative stories and thousands of reporter tipsheets and coordinates IRE's annual awards, which honor the best investigative journalism around the world.

Anthony DeBarros Anthony DeBarros, director of product development, joined DocumentCloud in 2015. Previously, he led an interactive applications team at Gannett Digital that built data-driven interactives for investigations, elections and publishing tools for the Gannett platform. He has been a database editor and investigative journalist with USA TODAY and was a 2012 IRE Service Award winner for making Census data easily available to journalists.

Advisory Group

DocumentCloud's founders and founding staff continue to advise us on the project.

Scott Klein is an assistant managing editor at ProPublica. He directs a team of journalists, statisticians, designers and programmers building large interactive software projects that tell journalistic stories, and that make complex national statistics relevant to readers and their communities. Scott is a co-founder of DocumentCloud.

Aron Pilhofer is executive editor of digital at The Guardian. Previously, he was editor of interactive news at The New York Times. Aron joined The Times in 2005 as a projects editor on the paper's newly expanded computer-assisted reporting team. Prior to joining The Times, he reported for the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware and was on the national training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Aron is a co-founder DocumentCloud.

Eric Umansky is an assistant managing editor at ProPublica, where he edited its Pulitzer Prize-winning series about Wall Street. Previously, he wrote a column for Slate and was editor of Motherjones.com. He’s also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and elsewhere. Eric is a co-founder of DocumentCloud.

Jeremy Ashkenas Jeremy Ashkenas, Lead Developer of DocumentCloud 2009-2011, is the creator of the Ruby-Processing visualization toolkit, the CoffeeScript programming language, the Backbone.js JavaScript framework, and the Underscore.js JavaScript library. He is a two-time winner of the Sunlight Foundation’s Apps for America competition. He currently works at The New York Times.


Amanda Hickman Amanda Hickman, Program Director of DocumentCloud 2009-2011, currently teaches data analysis and visualization at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. At DocumentCloud, she helped reporters around the world analyze, annotate, and publish primary source documents. Amanda managed development of a series of games about public policy issues as Gotham Gazette‘s director of technology. Amanda has taught at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, NYU’s Gallatin School and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.