Editor & MediaWise Program Manager
Katy Byron is a third-generation journalist with more than 15 years’ experience in social media, TV, print and digital news. She joined The Poynter Institute as the Editor & MediaWise Program Manager in October 2018. The groundbreaking MediaWise project aims to teach teenagers media literacy and how to know the difference between reliable and unreliable information on social media and throughout the Internet.
Katy is passionate about news and the development of storytelling styles and techniques using innovative technology. Prior to Poynter, Katy was the first Managing Editor for News at Snapchat, overseeing coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as all other domestic and international news on the platform. Under her leadership, Snapchat expanded its Our Stories news coverage beyond politics to include breaking news and international news, for audiences worldwide in more than seven languages. She spearheaded the app’s first news coverage of war zones through user-generated content with stories in 2016 about the invasion of Mosul, Iraq. Katy led the growth of viewership for Our Stories news to tens of millions of users worldwide and doubled the number of news stories on the platform. Katy also field produced the pilot episode of Snapchat’s first original show — Good Luck America, hosted by Peter Hamby — which won an Edward R. Murrow in its debut season. She also produced an interview with then-Vice President Joe Biden in the West Wing for the show.
Before her foray into mobile-first news, she worked at CNN for nearly 10 years covering breaking news, international news, politics and business news in New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Katy won a George Peabody Award in 2011 for CNN’s Arab Spring coverage and another for CNN’s 2008 U.S. presidential election coverage. When she was just a cub assignment editor, Katy interviewed billionaire investor Warren Buffett on-camera for all CNN platforms. Later, she was the network’s lead producer for economics and business news during the 2012 election and helped develop the use of the CNN “Magic Wall,” or touchscreen monitor, for business and economics news segments, including the monthly jobs report. She also did extensive reporting on the fiscal cliff and debt crisis in Europe.
In 2012, Katy moved to CNBC and produced for anchor and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin on the network’s flagship morning show Squawk Box. While at CNBC, Katy produced interviews with countless Fortune 500 CEOs and lawmakers including former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and former U.S. treasury secretaries Jack Lew, Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers.
Katy lives in Hoboken, N.J., with her husband, Patrick Poats, and their son, Teddy.