Jesse Holcomb

Asssistant Professor of Journalism and Communication

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Jesse Holcomb's current work focuses on trust, media and democracy (in collaboration with the Knight Foundation), nonprofit journalism (with the Institute for Nonprofit News), and local news ecosystems (with Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media). 

Previously, Holcomb was associate director of research at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. For 10 years at the Center, he helped design and execute a broad research agenda around journalism, technology and civic life.

Holcomb is co-author of nine State of the News Media reports, studies on fake news, local news and civic engagement, news habits on social platforms, the economics of nonprofit journalism, and much more. He is widely quoted in national and international media such as the New York Times, NPR and BBC, and speaks regularly about his research to audiences in the U.S. and abroad. 

Holcomb holds a master’s degree from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and has held writing and editorial roles at Sojourners magazine and the Public Interest Network. In 2017-18, Holcomb was a research fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.


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