Jeremy Pennycook

Creative Technologist

Making Ideas Into Reality

Translating abstract concepts from inception to substance is what I do. From brainstorms and sketches to a polished release, I specialize in owning the entire lifecycle of realizing notions into the material.

I thrive in a team environment as a quarterback orchestrating a complex plan. Pulling together brilliant designers and developers to achieve a common goal is my forte. Being able understand the different perspectives of my teammates helps me galvanize us around a shared vision.

At the helm, I make decisions necessary to help make the best product given any set of constraints. And I do it while maintaining a positive attitude and a smile on my face.

We Are The Pioneers: A Personal Statement



April 2013 to present

A new audio app connecting you to a stream of public radio news and stories curated just for you. Tailored with content from your local member station. Blending editorial curation with machine learning to make public radio personal and on demand.

Learn about NPR One

Critical Reactions

Nieman Lab: The newsonomics of NPR One and the dream of personalized public radio

Recode: Not Just a Lot of Talk: NPR One Sounds Smarter

Techcrunch: NPR One Delivers A Curated Public Radio Stream For The Smartphone Era Responsive Redesign

August 2012 to May 2013

An iterative site overhaul designed to bring the best of NPR storytelling on the web to a multitude of devices and platforms. Launching A New Blog Experience Outside The Box: Welcome To The New NPR Home Page

Critical Reactions

Nieman Lab: NPR launches a new mobile site, bets on the scroll, and gets closer to being fully responsive

Fast Company: NPR Radically Changes Its Views

NPR News for Android

March 2010 to September 2013

The official NPR app for Android. Listen, read and enjoy public radio programs and stations from around the country. Built in the open from a Google code project with help from the community.

NPR, Android and You: Join NPR's Open Source Community

Android 2.0: Rebuilt & Redesigned

Planet Money iPhone App

March 2012 to June 2012

A focused app for the NPR show Planet Money. Both a listening and a reading experience, the app combines the best of the Planet Money podcast with added visuals and voice from the blog.

Planet Money for iPhone: The Global Economy In Your Pocket

Hybrid Theory



Hack it

HTML/CSS/JS, Python, R, APIs, WordPress

Design Is How It Works

Sketching, Wireframing, Prototyping, User-Testing

Build It and They Will Come

Product Development, Agile, Scrum, Lean, Content Strategy

Once More Into the Breach

Leadership, Communication, Vision, Tenacity

Rock On!

Music, Sports, Adventure, Games


"You approached problem solving with a sophistication – a surgical sophistication – that I've not seen during my time at NPR." - Dave Wright, Platform Designer at Twitter
"(This) scrum team is busy blowing our minds. And, they claim they slept and led normal lives as well." - Sarah Lumbard, Vice President, Content Strategy and Operations at NPR
"To bring this in under such a tight deadline was an enormous achievement. To deliver such a high quality product is nothing short of miraculous." - Demian Perry, Director of Mobile at NPR


Pictures from Instagram

Sketches from Tumblr

Movies from Vimeo

Past Experience

News21 Initiative

Carnegie-Knight Fellow
Summer 2009

Conceived and executed a multimedia experience examining the education gap facing Hispanic students in the U.S. In parallel, developed a "lean-forward" annotated video player with embedded auxiliary resources and a tool to help others make similar experiences.

News Genome Project

Fall 2009

As part of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, worked with partner Evan Wyloge to create a content recommendation engine - like Pandora - for news content utilizing semantic web technologies.

Gannett New Media Innovation Lab


Developed web solutions for media partners such as Gannett and the Arizona Republic. Projects included a self-moderated commenting system, a REST content API and a temporary mobile social network based on augmented reality and GPS called Tribes.


The Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University

Master's of Mass Communication
Graduated Winter 2009

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

History Major with a Minor in Cinema Studies
Graduated Spring 2008

The George Washington University

Semester in Washington: Journalism
Summer 2007

Learned basic reporting skills and explored future business models for the industry. Produced a collection of video and multimedia packages from around the DC area.


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