Emma is a multi-faceted journalist specializing in multimedia, UX/UI design, and social engagement. Currently, she is the Assistant Managing Editor for Visuals at Education Week.
She is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is originally from the Tar Heel state. Prior to joining Education Week, Patti Harris worked at The Baltimore Sun for five years, leading the audience, social media, interactive design and visuals teams and helping the organization become a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize after the death of Freddie Gray and the riots in Baltimore. Her professional background includes positions in web development and multimedia at Baltimore Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, Arlington Magazine and Washingtonian.
In addition, she was chosen to attend the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media in St. Petersburg, Fla in 2017. She lives with her husband, 1-year-old and two dogs in Baltimore, Md.
Awards & Honors
2016 Pultizer Prize finalist, Breaking news, for coverage following the death of Freddie Gray
2016 Online Journalism Awards, Explanatory Reporting, finalist, "Shocking Force"
2016 Online Journalism Awards, Topical Reporting, finalist, "Violence in Baltimore"
2016 Online Journalism Awards, Feature, finalist, "Unsettled Journeys"
2015 Society for News Design, Award of Excellence, Breaking/Daily news: Non-planned coverage, Freddie Gray and the Baltimore riots
2015 Society for News Design, Award of Excellence, Features: Single-subject project, Unsettled Journeys
2015 Society for News Design, Award of Excellence, Use of multimedia, Unsettled Journeys
2015 Online Journalism Awards, Breaking News, Freddie Gray coverage
2015 Online Journalism Awards, Investigative Journalism, finalist, "Undue Force"
2015 MDDC Awards, First Place, Multimedia Storytelling (feature)
2015 MDDC Awards, Second Place, Multimedia Storytelling (news)
2014 Society of News Design, Award of Excellence, "Undue Force"
2011 City and Regional Magazine Association, Honorable Mention for Multimedia
2010 City and Regional Magazine Association, Gold Medal for Multimedia
2010 Webby Awards, Nominee, Student Category, "Hardship & Hope"
2009 NC Press Photographers Association, Honorable Mention for Multimedia
2009 Society for News Design, Best of Multimedia Design Award of Excellence, "Cape Fear to Down Here"
2009 Horizon Interactive Award, Best in Category, College & University, "Cape Fear to Down Here"
2009 Webby Awards, Nominee, Student Category, "Cape Fear to Down Here"
2009 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, 1st Place, News or Feature Multimedia Package, "Cape Fear to Down Here"
2009 College Photographer of the Year, Silver Medal, "Hardship & Hope"
2009 Horizon Interactive Awards, Gold Medal, Special Olympics Live (team award)
2008 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar contest, 2nd Place, Multimedia Interactive, "Cape Fear to Down Here" (team award)
April 2013 - American University Social Learning Summit,
"The Online Times"
September 2013 - Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, "Photo Walk-Architecture"
November 2013 - Georgetown University Innovation Series Storytelling Summit, "Multimedia Storytelling, Theory and Practice"
September 2015 - Refresh Baltimore, "Beyond the Bar Chart: Visual journalism for a digital audience"
Spring, Fall 2015-2017 - Mass Media Graphics, Towson University
Summer 2013, Spring 2014, & Summer 2014 - Video Journalism, Georgetown University, Master of Professional Studies in Journalism, School of Continuing Studies
Fall 2013, 2014 - Multimedia Storytelling, Georgetown University, Master of Professional Studies in Journalism, School of Continuing Studies