Sharon Machlis has been an online content pioneer since before the World Wide Web, with a strong career interest in the intersection of journalism and technology. She has worked on data projects such as mapping tens of thousands of tech visa holders and coding an interactive database of cellphone radiation levels. Sharon writes about tools for data visualization and analysis ranging from Google Docs to the R Project for Statistical Computing, and she'll be teaching the Intro to R session at Investigative Reporters and Editors' 2014 Computer Assisted Reporting conference.
She is currently online managing editor at Computerworld, an award-winning technology Web site serving more than 3 million unique visitors each month. She helped lead Computerworld's transition from a print-centered to Web-focused editorial team, providing skills training to the staff and implementing key cultural and process changes.
During her tenure as online managing editor, Computerworld.com has won almost every major editorial online award in business-to-business publishing, including ASBPE best Web site, MIN best of the Web, and the Jesse Neal Award for best Web site. She has been a full-time online editor since 1999.
Sharon was previously a senior editor at Design News, where she won a Jesse Neal certificate of merit for a 10-page cover feature on engineering in the Soviet Union and a Cahners gold medal of excellence for best technical feature.
She began her career as a reporter, technology columnist, and business editor at the Middlesex News, a daily newspaper in Framingham, MA (now the MetroWest Daily News). While there, she set up "one of the earliest online transmissions of news from a newspaper to its readers" in 1987 (see Fred the Computer). She was selected as a Davenport Fellow and spent a month at the University of Missouri studying business and financial journalism.
She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, completing the usual four-year B.A. program in three years.
Sharon holds an Extra-class ham radio license and was honored by the Association of Radio Amateurs of Bosnia & Herzegovina "for extraordinary contribution to transmitting of humanitarian messages of the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina" during the 1992-95 war. Her other hobbies include photography, travel, hiking, snowshoeing, and classical piano.