Cheryl Phillips teaches data journalism and investigative reporting at Stanford and is founder of Big Local News. She also is the faculty director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab and co-founder of The Stanford Open Policing Project. Previously, Phillips worked at The Seattle Times for 12 years. She has twice worked on breaking news which received Pulitzer Prizes and has twice been on teams that were Pulitzer finalists. Phillips has worked in journalism so long that she used to file stories with a TRS-80. She has worked in newsrooms in Texas, Montana, Washington, D.C. and Washington state. She served for 10 years on the IRE board and is a former IRE board president.