Aron Pilhofer is the interim Chief Digital Officer at Guardian News & Media, heading up the organisation's product, engineering, data and analytics teams. He is also Executive Editor of Digital for the Guardian. In this role, he oversees visual and data journalism (pictures, graphics and interactive) as well as editorial analytics.
Prior to joining the Guardian, Aron was Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy and editor of Interactive News at The New York Times. He was responsible for helping develop and execute the newsroom's approach to technology, new product, analytics, interactives and social media. Outside the newsroom, Aron worked closely with the business side, helping lead development of new paid products and representing the newsroom's interests in the areas of product and technology.
Aron began his New York Times career as a projects editor, where he specialised in stories related to money, politics and influence for the politics desk and Washington bureau. Prior to The New York Times, Aron was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington. Before working at the Center, Aron was on the national training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors and worked for a number of years as a statehouse and projects reporter for Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware.
Aron also co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers. Launched in 2009, DocumentCloud.org improves journalism by making source documents easier to find, search, analyse and share online. DocumentCloud.org now contains close to 2.5 million documents and is used by more than 1,500 newsrooms worldwide. Hacks & Hackers, also created in 2009, is an informal organisation that brings journalists and technologists together. The group now has dozens of chapters and tens of thousands of members worldwide.