Emily Bell is director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.
She previously worked for the Observer and then the Guardian for 20 years, setting up MediaGuardian.co.uk in 2000 and becoming editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited in 2001.
Emily Bell was director of digital content for Britain's Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010.
Previous to that post, Bell was editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006. Under Bell, the Guardian received numerous awards, including the Webby Award for a newspaper website in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and British Press Awards for Website of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Bell first joined the Observer newspaper, which became part of Guardian News and Media, in 1990, as a business reporter specializing in media business, marketing and technology.
Bell is a leading media commentator in the U.K., writing about broadcasting and media policy issues.
She is a 1987 graduate of Christ Church, Oxford University, where she earned a master's degree in jurisprudence.