Andrew DeVigal is the inaugural Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement and the first professor of practice at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). The Agora Journalism Center is devoted to transformative advancements for better journalism and stronger democracy. The center energizes research, teaching and learning to foster a culture of constant innovation and diverse collaboration to serve the public good. DeVigal also served as the multimedia editor at The New York Times, where he helped guide the newspaper’s print-driven format into the multimedia era. He integrated new approaches to interactive storytelling with The Times’ long tradition of journalistic excellence to help shape the industry with techniques still in use today.
With Laura Lo Forti, DeVigal is the co-founder of A Fourth Act, a studio that amplifies the connection between storytellers and the community they wish to invite by designing processes and tools that unleash the full potential of stories to create long-lasting positive impact.
DeVigal is an Emmy-award winning innovative strategist who builds bridges by connecting ideas and people together to produce meaningful and interactive stories. He uses his extensive reach into various disciplines to connect the right people to collaborate and produce extraordinary work. With his exceptional knowledge of the possibilities and deeply innovative forward thinking, DeVigal has consistently demonstrated his ability to lead teams, engage audiences through purposeful user experiences, and invent creative new approaches to interactive storytelling.