About Hilary Niles

headshot of Hilary looking up and smiling in front of a white wallI am an independent data journalism consultant, multimedia investigative storyteller and award-winning researcher. My public radio, print and online reporting focuses on economic and community development — especially state-level efforts to overcome generational poverty. I’m a Mizzou alum, secretary of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Freelance Community and a member of SPJ’s FOI Committee.

Before going freelance, I studied at the Missouri School of Journalism graduate program, where I worked as a research assistant at the international professional organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. Following that, I established myself in Vermont as the business and data reporter for the nonprofit news website VTDigger.org. I previously attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and the University of New Hampshire.

My work with Charles Lewis at the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C., earned the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in 2013. My business reporting has appeared in The Boston Globe, and my radio work has been featured on the Public Radio Exchange’s “Station Showcase” and on National Public Radio programs Only A GameHere and NowWeekend All Things Considered and the BBC World Service.

AboutHilaryGoodbyeDinner-007-300x300I learned radio as founding program director of Portsmouth Community Radio, a low-power FM station in New Hampshire that got on the air with the help of Prometheus Radio Project and the dedication of dozens of volunteers.

Before turning my journalism hobby into a career, I worked in New Hampshire as a bartender, farmer and later marketing consultant for artists, nonprofits and small businesses.

When I’m not working, I enjoy visiting new places and being outdoors in all weather — especially swimming in clear, cold water, walking anywhere, and tending flowers. I’m also a big fan of falling asleep reading.

4 thoughts on “About Hilary Niles

  1. You did a very nice job explaining a very complicated subject today on Vermont edition.

    Did you know Brant Houston at IRE?

    1. Yes! There’s something about the vague awareness of descending sleep, coupled with the imagery of whatever’s on the page and the sounds of whatever’s unfolding around me … Sweet dreams!

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