Columbia Journalism School


Krishna Bharat named Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence

October 06, 2010

Krishna Bharat, the founder and engineering head of Google News and a Google Distinguished Research Scientist, has been named the Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

One of the world's most influential computer scientists, Bharat has a played a key role in the way that news and information is shared and understood by content creators and consumers in the digital age. His most prominent product, Google News, recently marked its eighth anniversary, and has 72 editions in 30 languages, covering more than 50,000 news sources. Google News sends about 1 billion clicks each month to news publishers’ websites.

Bharat, who will continue to be based at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., will interact with the school's digital media students in person and in virtual forums, and serve as a resource for the brand-new Tow Center for Digital Journalism. On Thursday, April 7, 2011, he'll give the annual Hearst New Media Lecture at the school, which will be open to the public and also available by webcast.

Bharat's presence at the Journalism School, along with the new Tow Center for Digital Journalism, is a reflection of the school’s strong commitment to new and emerging media. This year, the school launched a new Master of Science Dual-Degree in Journalism and Computer Science with Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

"We are immensely pleased that Krishna Bharat will be joining us as this year’s the Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence," said Dean Nicholas Lemann. "In founding Google News, Krishna became a real pioneer in making professional journalism more widely accessible than ever before, and he continues to be one of the leading thinkers about how news and information is disseminated digitally. We are excited that he will be here to exchange ideas with our students and faculty."

Bharat is responsible for leading a team developing Google's news products. In 2004 he founded Google's R&D operations in India and served as that center's first director until 2006. Before joining Google in 1999, he was a member of the research staff at DEC Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, Calif. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

The Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence is appointed each year to participate in the educational activities of the school. The appointment has been made possible by a generous gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Recent professionals-in-residence have included: Steven Berlin Johnson, noted author and digital expert; Kenneth Lerer, Huffington Post’s chairman and co-founder; Brian Storm, former lead multimedia producer,; Adrian Holovaty, former editorial innovations editor,; Neal Scarborough, former editor-in-chief of, Dan Gillmor, citizen journalism expert; and writer Dan Okrent.

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