Executive Editor of Georgia News Lab New CSJ Executive Director

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David Armstrong headshot above Center for Sustainable Journalism staff members and interns plus journalism students at Kennesaw State University.

The Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ) has a new executive director.

David Armstrong, executive editor of the Georgia News Lab and a journalist in residence at Kennesaw State University, takes over the position from Leonard Witt, who recently retired.

“I am delighted to be joining forces with the CSJ team,” Armstrong said. “It’s an outstanding group and the Center is a great fit with the News Lab. The merger opens up big opportunities for collaboration and expansion. I see exciting possibilities ahead.” 

The News Lab will operate under the umbrella of the CSJ, which publishes the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and Youth Today.

“The CSJ is going to be in a good place under David’s leadership,” said CSJ Executive Editor John Fleming. “David brings an expertise in investigative reporting and years of experience in journalism and teaching. We are lucky to have him.” 

Armstrong is a veteran investigative reporter, editor and educator. He previously ran investigative reporting programs at Georgia State University and Emory University in Atlanta and taught journalism at American University in Washington, D.C. Before that he was editor of the Texas Observer and Washington bureau chief of the National Security News Service.

The Georgia News Lab is an award-winning investigative reporting collaborative. It is a partnership between the top college journalism programs in Georgia, along with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV. Its dual mission is aimed at solving two fundamental problems: making the vital work of investigative reporting affordable for news organizations and increasing diversity in professional newsrooms. 


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