Emily Wolf

The Beacon

Reporter Profile

Emily Wolf reports for The Kansas City Beacon, a nonprofit digital news outlet based in Kansas City, Missouri. Wolf is a local government accountability reporter with a focus on telling meaningful stories through data. Before joining The Beacon, she worked as an editorial associate for Investigative Reporters & Editors. Wolf grew up in Round Rock, Texas, and while pursuing her bachelor’s at the University of Missouri School of Journalism she covered state government for two years for the Columbia Missourian, the school’s community paper. In 2020 Wolf was a Dow Jones News Fund data intern and received an award from the Missouri Press Association for her reporting on child care legislation. She was a 2019 finalist for a student IRE award.

Beat: Data/local government reporting in Kansas City, MO

This reporter uncovers, investigates and visualizes large-scale datasets from local governments and other civic institutions. They work with KC Digital Drive, a local nonprofit organization deeply involved in the civic tech space that hosts Code for KC, the local Code for America brigade. The data journalist can provide the journalistic talent to help find and share stories in the data; KC Digital Drive can provide volunteer data scientists, coders and developers to amplify the research and final product. This is a partnership that could be replicated with other Code for America brigades and journalism outlets across the U.S.