Greg Emerson

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Greg Emerson is The Intercept’s Product Director, overseeing the website, newsletters, and internal publishing platforms.

He is a product leader and strategist with a background in editorial and with experience in all aspects of running a digital media business. A former Peace Corps volunteer, he also works with nonprofits and devotes part of his time to advocacy around Indigenous and refugee rights and sustainable development through the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.

Greg became a journalist during the industry’s digital transition, as a multimedia content creator and then digital editor at Newsday, where he managed the homepage team, newsletters, social media, data and special investigative projects. He oversaw the digital presentation of a flagship series on police misconduct on Long Island, which was named a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Public Service in 2014 and led the creation of Newsday’s new mobile app.

Greg transitioned to software development to drive product-led growth as mobile product manager at the Wall Street Journal, where he oversaw a redesign of the app and introduced MyWSJ, a personalized content recommendation section powered by AI.

He went on to lead the product team at HuffPost, where he introduced the brand’s first membership program and e-commerce platform to help cut operating losses in half, and later joined The Atlantic, where he focused his efforts on adding value to the subscription, overseeing the launch of a subscriber-only newsletter program and publication of the brand’s full 165-year archive.

In his commitment to “paying it forward,” Greg has also been a journalism professor at Hunter College and Long Island University-Brooklyn, a guest lecturer for NYU’s Studio20 graduate program in journalism, and a featured expert for Reforge. He has mentored early-career media professionals with the News-Product Alliance and the Emerson Collective Youth Collaborative. He has also been a presenter and workshop facilitator at the annual Online News Association conference and has contributed articles on product and digital strategy to the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University.

Greg is an active member of the National Peace Corps Association, contributing feature articles to WorldView magazine, hosting and producing a storytelling podcast, and advocating for sustainable development at the U.N. He also works with the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation, where he helps raise awareness of the group’s efforts to create a permanent commemorative work to the values of service and cross-cultural partnership in Washington, D.C.

He is from New York and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.