Andy Carvin is currently a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University Journalism School in New York. His research is on the intersection of broadcast news and social media during breaking news events, focusing on three case studies: the Gabby Giffords shooting, Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon bombing.
On 04 February 2014 he announced that he had joined First Look Media, the new media entity of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
Andy Carvin was senior social media strategist at National Public Radio until December 2013.
He first came to wider prominence by covering the Tunisian revolution on Twitter in late 2010. He developed a large following on Twitter which came to rely on his tweets and retweets of news and information regarding the uprisings across the Middle East. His curation of Twitter feeds, as well as his expertise in the verification of news coming through social media, have made him a major figure in journalism worldwide. In April 2011 the Columbia Journalism Review described Carvin as a "living, breathing real-time verification system" and suggested his might be the best Twitter account to follow in the world while The Washington Post called him "a one-man Twitter news bureau". He was profiled in The Guardian in September 2011 as "the man who tweets revolutions".
He was a recipient in July 2011 of the Journalism Awards: Special Distinction Award, Knight-Batten Award for Innovation for his Twitter reporting. He subsequently donated the iPhone he used to tweet during the Arab Spring to the American History Museum.
He is the author of Distant Witness (2013).