curriculum vitae

Hannah Wise is an award-winning digital journalist with experience as a social media and engagement editor, breaking news and political reporter and user interface designer. Her professional work and academic research are focused on how journalists can better serve their audiences through engaging in meaningful conversations with the community.

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University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, Master of Arts in Journalism; Graduation: May 2019

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Bachelor of Science in Journalism: News and Information emphasis; German language minor; Graduation: May 2014

Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich, Germany

Wintersemester 2013

2017 Poynter Academy for Digital Women Leaders

Graduate of 28-person, week-long intensive leadership training program for women in journalism 



Pulitzer Prize

Finalist, Staff for coverage of July 7, 2016 ambush on Dallas police; “Eight Hours of Terror” included 

Texas Associated Press Media Editors

First Place, Deadline Writing, “Eight Hours of Terror”

First Place, Breaking News Reporting, Staff coverage of deadly Dec. 26, 2015 tornadoes

American Society of News Editors Awards

Finalist, Staff coverage of July 7, 2016 ambush on Dallas police

Society for News Design

Best of Digital Design - Breaking/Daily News, “Eight Hours of Terror”

Associated Press Media Editors

Honorable Mention, Innovation in News Reporting, “Lost & Found,” “Tornado Damage 360”

Dallas Morning News Journalists of the Year 

2017 Digital Innovator of the Year

2016 Digital Storyteller of the Year

Professional Experience

The Dallas Morning News

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT EDITOR (October 2018 - present)

  • Manage and lead team of six homepage and social media producers in executing digital strategy across platforms including, mobile apps, social media, email newsletters and alerts

  • Edit engagement reporter and project manage Curious Texas project including use of Hearken, GroundSource and in-person events

  • Write daily analytics note contextualizing newsroom metrics within company subscription acquisition goals

  • Coordinate newsroom relationship with business-side including subscription acquisitions, retention and marketing teams

  • Serve on newsroom Digital Cabinet to further develop newsroom’s digital strategy

  • Launch Viafoura commenting platform on with new commenting guidelines and strategy

Engagement Editor (November 2016 - October 2018)

  • Oversaw social media strategy for Dallas Morning News across verticals and platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Snapchat

  • Launched and moderate Dallas Morning News Subscriber Facebook Group with more than 1,900 active members

  • Launched and edited Curious Texas, a Hearken-powered engagement reporting project

  • Edited and launched user generated content campaigns using Google Forms and Hearken to listen to audience stories and questions

  • Designed and implemented social media promotion plans for major projects

  • Used and Google Analytics to inform coverage and promotion decisions

  • Monitored social engagement using Crowdtangle

  • Managed homepage

  • Curated and sent daily news round-up email newsletters, push alerts

  • Collaborated with newsroom and marketing to plan and execute public events including News & Brews bar trivia, First Amendment lecture/panel series

  • Facilitated digital newsroom training in social media, CMS, best user engagement practices and digital safety for journalists

  • Established and implemented digital style guide

  • Updated newsroom social media guidelines to emphasize reader engagement

  • Served as deputy editor to Audience Development Editor

Breaking News Reporter – Politics (January 2016 - present)

  • Reported on July 7, 2016 ambush on Dallas police on Facebook Live, coverage later named 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalists for Breaking News.

  • Reported for 2016 presidential election coverage team

  • Managed award-winning “Lost & Found” application that worked to reunited victims of December 2015 tornadoes with their most precious belongings

  • Reported on national, state and local breaking news

  • Designed interactive story presentations for breaking news events

  • Helped lead newsroom transition to digital-first workflows and publishing

UI Designer, (September 2014 - January 2016)

  • Assisted in redesign and relaunch of award-winning

  • Designed interactive story presentations for entertainment stories

  • Reported stories about arts, digital culture and coffee in Texas

Digital Design Intern (June 2013 - August 2013)

  • Designed interactive story presenations for TDMN’s flagship iPad app

  • Redesigned webpage for TDMN’s coverage of West Fertilizer Co. plant explosion

The New York Times

Digital Intern (June 2014 - August 2014)

  • Produced U.S., Politics and Education sections nightly with stories, headlines and multimedia

The Lawrence Journal-World

Digital Intern, Legislative Reporter (February 2014 - May 2014)

The Kansas City Star

Freelance Reporter (Aug. 2012 - Jan. 2013)

Metro Reporting Intern (June - Aug. 2012)



Online News Association

ONA Local Advisory Board member, May 2012 - present

ONA Local - Dallas/Fort Worth co-founder, president, May 2015 - present

Society for News Design

May 2012 - present

  • Videography

  • Video editing

  • HTML

  • CSS

  • Conversational German

  • Public speaking

  • Community building

  • SEO-writing

  • Copy editing

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • Digital and social analytics

  • Photography