Matthew Kauffman leads a data-reporting project for the Solutions Journalism Network, helping newsrooms pursue solutions reporting by identifying “positive deviants” – outliers in data that might point to places or programs that are successfully responding to social problems.
Prior to his work with SJN, he was a newspaper reporter for 32 years at The Hartford Courant in Connecticut, the oldest paper in the United States, dating to 1764. Assigned to the paper’s investigative desk, he worked on longer-term projects and specialized in computer-assisted reporting.
In 2007, Kauffman was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for a series he co-authored on mentally ill troops sent to war. He also teaches data journalism at a university in Connecticut and serves on the board