Emily Chow

Design Editor • The Washington Post • Washington, D.C.
Last edited July 17, 2017

Emily designs, builds, edits and project manages stories that often integrate video, photography, audio and words in ways that break the typical article template mold. In her time as a developer and designer, she has built interactive graphics, data visualizations and digital presentations ranging from a drone crashes database to a graphic on the dangers of Great Falls, Va. to “The n-word” project. Now, Emily leads The Washington Post’s story team. This cross-department team of four draws from Engineering, Design and Graphics to explore new visually-driven storytelling forms with a mission to enhance, intrigue and delight with every project.

In 2014, Emily was a guest lecturer for the University of Missouri’s news graphics course, teaching basic web design, design thinking and digital strategy. She also continues to present and lead hands-on workshops at various conferences including SND, AAJA and ONA.

Emily is a graduate of Northwestern University’s journalism program. She grew up in Cupertino, Calif., yet never owned an Apple product until moving away for college.

In her spare time, Emily is a volunteer photographer for City Dogs Rescue, a compulsive knitter and an avid baker.

Recent Work

The Waypoint

“The Waypoint” is a visual tale of the dangers those fleeing war and poverty face crossing the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. A team of six worked closely together from conception to publication to craft this visually-enriching story that gave readers a glimpse into the challenges refugees and migrants face on their journey to Europe. I helped with refining the story format and co-programmed and co-designed the custom template we hope to use again for future stories. I also did a little bit of project management, alongside my boss Kat Downs, in order to keep the project on pace and make sure we were using best practices.