David Ho is vice president and executive editor at Hearst Newspapers, Digital. His focus areas include newsroom transformation, digital audience engagement, news technology innovation and the storytelling experience on mobile and emerging platforms. Previously, Ho served as executive mobile editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he directed both mobile news operations and product strategy and was a key architect of the Journal’s mobile-focused newsroom.
Ho is a leading authority on mobile journalism with nearly a decade of experience bringing news and storytelling to phones and tablets. After becoming WSJ’s first mobile editor in 2009, he conceived of and founded the Journal’s iPad app and Tablet Edition. He also built WSJ’s mobile editorial team and content algorithms and founded a family of mobile news apps and experiences.
As a national reporter for The Associated Press and Cox Newspapers, Ho’s coverage ranged from the White House, the United Nations and the pope to tech, telecom and terrorism. The U.S. Supreme Court cited Ho’s reporting in the historic Bush v. Gore ruling on the 2000 presidential election. Earlier, he was one of the three original web programmers of WSJ.com.
Equal parts hardcore newsman and lifelong technologist, Ho has taught mobile skills and awareness to more than 3,600 journalists around the world. He also created and taught a first-of-its-kind graduate course on mobile and emerging platform journalism at the City University of New York.
Himself a graduate of CUNY’s Brooklyn College, Ho also is a Poynter Institute Ethics Fellow. He lives in New York with his wife, two kids and a small white dog.
Find him on Twitter @DavidHo.