Niles Media owner Hilary Niles is an independent data journalism consultant, freelance investigative and multimedia reporter, and award-winning researcher.

In addition to client commissions, Hilary’s public radio, print and online reporting focuses on economic and community development, with an eye toward state-level efforts to overcome generational poverty. She’s an alumna of the Missouri School of Journalism graduate program, chair of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Freelance Community, and a former member of SPJ’s FOI Committee.

At Mizzou, Hilary worked as a research assistant at the international professional organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. She previously attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and the University of New Hampshire.

Her 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 research in 2013. Her radio work has been featured on the Public Radio Exchange’s “Station Showcase” and on National Public Radio programs Only A GameHere and Now and Weekend All Things Considered. Her business reporting has appeared in The Boston Globe and on the BBC World Service.

Hilary learned radio as founding program director of Portsmouth Community Radio, a low-power FM station in New Hampshire that launched with help from Prometheus Radio Project and the dedication of dozens of volunteers.

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