ABOUT Nancy Scola is a senior reporter at POLITICO whose writing often focuses on innovative ideas and the people behind them. Before becoming a journalist in 2006, Nancy worked in the United States Congress on public policy issues involving technology. A New Jersey native, she lives in Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood. She enjoys covering complex topics and has been told she works well with editors. Nancy also frequently moderates conference panels and other events.
WRITING WORKNancy is currently a technology reporter at POLITICO, where she has been since 2015, focusing both on breaking news and longer-form pieces, like ones on presidential candidates’ personal relationships with technology, the fate of the Library of Congress, and the capital’s embrace of the publishing site Medium. Previously, she was a writer and editor on technology policy for The Washington Post, where she wrote about topics like the politics behind patents, the role of technologists in Washington, and the impact of ‘free data’ on the Internet. From to 2008 to 2011, she was a New York City-based associate editor at the since-retired site techPresident, where she covered subjects like the power of mobile phones in political activism, mapping, and Democrats’ digital ground game.
Nancy has, since 2007, also worked as a freelancer and contracted contributing writer. She’s written long-form work for Next City on the meaning of Uber, why the hotel chain Ace chose Pittsburgh as its first non-coastal expansion site, and Code for America. And during the 2012 election, she was a correspondent at The Atlantic online, covering topics like the Republican approach to tech policy, campaign design, and the democratization of online organizing tools. She has been a contributing writer at The American Prospect, writing for the TAPPED blog and authoring longer-form pieces for the magazine, including a profile of open-government advocate Carl Malamud. Her work has also appeared in Washingtonian, New York Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, SEED, and other publications.
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Nancy frequently moderates events and occasionally appears on TV and radio. She’s held Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies fellowships at both Boston University’s African Studies center and the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute hosted by Yale University; as well as the Lewis B. Cotlow Fund field research grant, awarded by The George Washington University for work in Nairobi, Kenya; and the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale University.
Before going into journalism, Nancy worked on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives and at Forward Together, a political action committee led by now-Senator Mark Warner of Virginia. Earlier in her career, she was a researcher at the non-profit group Social Compact. She has a B.A. in anthropology from The George Washington University and an M.A. in anthropology from Boston University, where her thesis looked at the lasting effects of slavery on the East African coast.