Brant Houston

Brant Houston

Affiliate Professor

BA, Bennington College

Other professional appointments

Professor and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, College of Media

Research focus

Nonprofit journalism newsrooms, digital tools for news-gathering, and new business models for journalism.


Brant Houston teaches investigative and advanced reporting at Illinois. He also oversees the online newsroom at Illinois,, which also serves as a lab for digital innovation and data journalism. He served for more than a decade as the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and as a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before joining IRE, he was an award-winning investigative reporter at daily newspapers for 17 years. He is the author of four editions of the textbook, "Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide," and co-author of the fourth edition and fifth edition of "The Investigative Reporter's Handbook."