Daniel Sinker is the Director of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews, a joint program between the Knight Foundation and Mozilla to spread open web innovation and development within journalism. Prior to joining Mozilla, he was an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, where he had a focus on entrepreneurial journalism and the mobile web. A writer, designer, and programmer, Sinker is the author of the @MayorEmanuel Twitter feed, the founder and developer of the local election tracker ChicagoMayoralScorecard.com and the mobile storytelling project CellStories.net.
From 1994-2007, Sinker was the founder and Editor In Cheif of the influential underground culture magazine Punk Planet, the editor of the book We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, the collected interviews, as well as the founder and editor of a line of fiercely independent books, Punk Planet Books, an imprint of Akashic Books.
Sinker was a 2007-08 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where he studied the impact of mobile technologies on traditional publishing models and he received his BFA in video production and new media from the School of the Art Institute in 1996.
Sinker is is also a graphic designer whose design for Joe Meno’s Hairstyles of the Damned was named one of the 25 “new classic” book covers of the last 25 years by Entertainment Weekly.
He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.
(photo by Daniel X O’Neil)