Andy Carvin
Editor-in-Chief, First Look Media


Andy Carvin is an award-winning journalist who has pioneered new forms of online collaboration for nearly 20 years. He’s editor-in-chief of, a new social reporting venture from First Look Media. From 2006 to 2013, Andy led NPR’s led social media efforts, where he developed new techniques to improve the quality and diversity of NPR's journalism. Over the course of 2011 and 2012, he became known as "the man who tweets revolutions" due to his innovative coverage of the Arab Spring using social media.

For his work during the Arab Spring, Andy received a 2011 Knight-Batten Award for journalism innovation, and the 2012 Shorty Award for best journalist on Twitter. He was also a finalist for the 2011 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In early 2013, Andy released the book Distant Witness: Social Media, The Arab Spring And A Journalism Revolution, published by CUNY Journalism Press.

Prior to coming to NPR in 2006, Andy was the director and editor of the Digital Divide Network, an online community of educators, community activists, policymakers and business leaders working to bridge the digital divide. For this work he was named to Technology Review’s annual TR-35 List of the world’s most innovative science and technology leaders ages 35 and under.

During natural disasters and other major crises, Andy has used his online community-building skills to mobilize online volunteers. On September 11, 2001, he created SEPT11INFO, a news forum for the public to share information and help refute rumors in the wake of the 9-11 attacks. More recently, he worked with CrisisCommons, to help with their development of shared technology solutions to improve emergency management and humanitarian activities in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Andy graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in rhetoric and an MA in telecommunications policy. He lives near Washington DC with his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats.