Associate Director

Associate Director

Ann Grimes currently serves as Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice where she teaches classes in technology reporting, digital media and entrepreneurship. She also is an affiliated faculty member of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation in Stanford’s School of Engineering; the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford Medical School; and the Program in Science Technology and Society in the School of Humanities & Sciences.


She is a former staff writer and editor for The Wall Street Journal where she covered technology and business. As Deputy Bureau Chief in San Francisco, she oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of Silicon Valley during the 1990′s dot-com boom and bust. While at Dow Jones & Co., she also worked on developing new media strategy. Earlier, Grimes was on the editorial staff of The Washington Post. As the Deputy National Editor responsible for coverage of the federal government, she ran a national news section that covered the political spectrum. Starting out, she wrote about social issues in Chicago and contributed regularly to The New York Times.


Grimes is the author of Running Mates, a book about the 1988 presidential campaign published by William Morrow & Co. and a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. She is the recipient of several journalism awards including the Society of Professional Journalist’s Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, the Education Writers Association National Award, and two Chicago Newspaper Guild Awards.


Grimes has taught at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. She was a 1997-1998 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford.

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