by Rebecca Fairley Raney


Freelance reporter and editorial data coach, February 2010 to present.

  • Covering the intersection of money and politics in science for U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit news organization, starting in 2024.

  • Writing and reporting for the Los Angeles bureau of The New York Times, with stories ranging from “Car-mageddon” to the San Bernardino terror attack to the “Stairway to Heaven” copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin.

  • Profiling scientists for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with stories about discoveries in genetics, microbiology, nanotechnology and astrophysics.

  • Contributed to Discovery Channel Web sites, on topics ranging from the history of appliances to the future of toilets.

  • Wrote two novels.

Contributing editor and writer, adjunct university instructor -- July 2000 to December 2009.

  • Contributor to The New York Times, with stories appearing in Business, National, Circuits, Real Estate and special sections through 2007.

  • Taught news writing, reporting and data journalism at the University of Southern California from 2002 to 2009. Designed the curriculum and served as lead instructor for courses in online writing and data journalism.

  • Worked as a contributing editor and writer for Interactive Week magazine, overseeing production of special sections.

  • Freelance credits include The Atlantic online, Writer's Digest, Online Journalism Review, Equip, TravelAge West and Red Herring magazine.

The New York Times on the Web -- May 1996 to July 2000.

Conducted intensive coverage of political uses of the Internet, covering the inception of online campaigning and new forms of civic engagement. After July 1997, contributed stories weekly under contract.

The San Bernardino County Sun -- June 1990 to July 1997.

Worked as general assignment reporter specializing in computer-assisted projects. Completed projects that received national awards on flaws in crime and school statistics, the juvenile justice system and an ineffective city code-enforcement system. Job responsibilities included creating the newspaper's computer-assisted reporting program, guiding other reporters' computer-assisted work and training newsroom staff in the use of computers and the Internet.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin -- February 1988 to June 1990.

Worked as general assignment reporter for 93,000-circulation daily, completing award-winning projects on minority clout in politics, lax enforcement of building codes and questionable business interests influencing medical helicopter service in San Bernardino County, Calif.

The Hemet News -- September 1987 to February 1988.

Worked as school and police reporter for 25,000-circulation newspaper rated as one of the best small dailies in California.

The San Bernardino County Sun -- June 1987 to September 1987.

Worked as intern on a variety of stories, ranging from forest fires to a murder-suicide to a Fourth of July parade.


University of Missouri-Columbia

Graduated magna cum laude in May 1987 with Bachelor of Journalism degree. Member of Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Scholarship Society, granted to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of the class.


Conversant in Access, Excel and ArcView mapping software. Experienced in breaking news with statistical analysis.


Education Writers Association Statistics and Data Boot Camps

Conducted training seminars for journalists on how to use online databases, February 2010 in Phoenix; December 2010 in Chicago; May 3, 2007, and March 2008, Los Angeles.

Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program, Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

"Technology and News Delivery in the 21st Century," March 10, 2006, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Education Writers Association and Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

Trained reporters how to research demographics with the U.S. Census, how to use education statistics and how to analyze campaign contributions, March 9-12, 2006, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Congressional Internet Caucus

"Constituent Mail in the Time of Anthrax," March 20, 2002, Washington, D.C.

National Civic League National Conference on Governance

"Politics, Media and the Internet's Impact," November 16, 2001, and "Impact of

Technology on Civic and Political Engagement," November 10, 2000, both in Arlington, Virginia.

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication

Panel on coverage of political conventions, August 16, 2000, and Online Journalism Conference, March 14, 2000, Los Angeles, California.

The Aspen Institute/American Bar Association

"Campaigns in Cyberspace: The Promise and Practice of Digital Politics," Oct. 13-15, 1999, Wye River Conference Centers, Maryland.

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy Center

"Internet News and Online Politics," Jan. 14, 1999, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

The George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management

Politics Online conferences, Dec. 7, 1998, and Dec. 6, 1999, Washington, D.C.

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

"Politics on the Net: A Post-Mortem of the 1998 Elections," Dec. 3, 1998.

Investigative Reporters and Editors/National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting

Taught a class on ArcView mapping software at March 1997 conference.

Taught classes in Paradox software; spoke on the use of statistical analysis in breaking news, September 1995.


Received more than 20 journalism awards since 1988. Was named a top-three finalist for the Livingston Award in 1994 and received first-place awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Best of Gannett, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency of the University of Pennsylvania, the Press Club of Southern California and the Society of Professional Journalists Inland Empire Chapter. Work has been recognized in categories ranging from public service and investigative reporting to political writing and humorous commentary. Served as an invited panelist at Poynter Institute seminar on computer-assisted reporting in 1996.

Received listings in Marquis' "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the West."


Mailing address: 112 Harvard Ave., #134, Claremont, CA 91711