INMA 30 Under 30: Cassidy Grom of Star Ledger

By Paula Felps


Nashville, Tennessee, United States


On September 30, INMA awarded 30 young professionals around the world with its second class of “30 Under 30” award as part of its Young Professionals Initiative. This is the 25th in a series of 30 features about these impressive rising media stars who are shaping our industry. 

Although she began her career as an award-winning reporter, Cassidy Grom also had a love for design that led her to join the data and investigations team.

Cassidy Grom is a news app developer at The Star-Ledger in the United States.
Cassidy Grom is a news app developer at The Star-Ledger in the United States.

As part of that team, she’s led the development of every major project for the past year, including creating a coronavirus tracker and covering the elections. Each project only seems to inspire her to do more.

“Recently, I've been working with Augmented Reality, data visualisation, and sonification for a project funded in part by the Knight Foundation.”

Combining the mindset of an entrepreneur with the storytelling ability of a journalist and the technical skills of a computer coder, Cassidy is able to see projects differently and apply all these skills to improve coverage in her community — and that’s something she plans to make her life’s mission.

“Good journalism — especially regional or local journalism — helps audiences feel more connected to the communities they live in and more invested in improving them. I choose every day to be a part of the solution.”

About Paula Felps

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