Innovator of Ai, VR and RobotsSteven King is an assistant professor of Emerging Technologies at UNC’s School of Media and Journalism and has a joint appointment at Kenan-Flagler Business School where he is the Faculty Director of KF Next.

King combines computer science concepts, human-centered design and storytelling to create new ways to present information through emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented reality and interactive data-driven graphics. He is the Chief Innovation Officer for Reese News Lab and runs the Emerging Technologies Lab where he leads students and professionals to create the media products of the future for media companies.

He also assists both U.S and foreign governments in solving difficult problems in times of crisis. During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, King worked directly with the ministry of information in Liberia to create a data visualization dashboard to enable better decisions for fighting the disease.

In 2016, he worked with the Thai government on how to use media to lessen the violence from Islamic Insurgencies. King is also a regular speaker and faculty member for various programs by the Institute for Defense and Business.

Prior to becoming a professor at UNC, King led a team of video journalists and video editors, creating multimedia stories while creating new business models to make the medium profitable for The Washington Post. He and his team were awarded 11 regional Emmys over two years. He also served editor of innovations and special projects at where he pioneered new forms of storytelling and generated millions of dollars in new revenue for the company.

In addition to teaching at UNC, King has spun out three startups which leverage new technologies he created in the Reese and ET Labs. Since 2014, Steven’s projects have raised more than $11.3 million including multiple Knight Foundation Grants, Federal Education Grants and private funding from major media companies and private donors.

King leverages his former work as an overseas correspondent and had led students on award-winning international documentary projects in Malawi, Thailand, Galapagos Islands and Mexico. These projects have won awards in competitions that included, South by Southwest Interactive, AEJMC Best of the Web, Horizon Interactive Awards, NPPA monthly multimedia competitions, Society for News Design Best of Multimedia Design and the Online Journalism Awards, among others.

He has been an overseas correspondent for the International Mission Board, traveling to 18 countries during his tenure and worked as a multimedia producer and picture editor at MSNBC Interactive for the Olympics.

King lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and three boys and is deeply involved at Chapel Hill Bible Church where he serves as an elder.

Professor of VR, AR and AI
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