Dan Pacheco is the Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality for journalism. In 2014 he started and co-produced USA Today's Harvest of Change, the world’s first large-scale use of virtual reality by a commercial news organization and winner of a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award. His classes explore emerging media technologies that are shaping the future of media, including virtual reality, augmented reality, citizen sensor networks and drones.
Previously, Pacheco spent 20 years in the trenches of digital publishing everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to startups. He started his career as an online producer for Washingtonpost.com, where he produced Interact, one of the first online news communities on the Web. Subsequently, as a principal product manager at America Online, he oversaw some of the Internet’s first truly global community products. In 2005, after pioneering the first implementation of a social networking platform at a U.S. newspaper, he received an NAA “20 Under 40” award. And in 2007, he received a Knight News Challenge grant to build a democratized publishing service that evolved into an eBook platform.