Breaking News brings you the biggest stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, from hundreds of news and eyewitness sources across the globe. We’re a startup inside NBC News, but we’re a fully independent, agnostic news organization. Breaking News is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and we also have editors based in New York and London.
Our editors scan wire services, social media, websites and mobile apps to discover breaking news as soon as it breaks. Once we find it, we publish the information with attribution and links back to the original source on BreakingNews.com, our three mobile apps, @breakingnews on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and several other social media channels.
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Thomas Brew is an editor, based in Seattle, Washington.
Most memorable news story covered: At the moment the Loma Prieta earthquake struck California’s San Francisco Bay Area, I was discussing the line-up of stories for the next day’s San Jose Mercury News. It was shortly after 5 p.m., Oct. 17, 1989. I was paper’s night-city editor, and this was a time when newspapers were still king.
The earthquake eventually killed 63 people and left thousands homeless. I was one of the homeless (as my house was very near the epicenter) but I didn’t learn that for two days. That night, I stayed at the paper, helping produce a special edition. Our readers, of course, didn’t see the paper until the next day, a good 14 hours after the quake. We won a Pulitzer Prize, in part because we had an oil generator that allowed the presses to run.
A couple years later, the Mercury became the first paper to publish online, and the world of paper, presses and delivery trucks began to give way.
Stephanie Clary is an editor, based in Seattle.
Most memorable news story covered: In November 2009, four police officers were shot and killed near Tacoma, Washington. As a search for the suspect began so did a firehose of information in The Seattle Times newsroom and we realized we needed a way to capture the quickly-developing story in real-time for our readers.
At the time I was a producer playing with the social media tool of the moment, the now-late Google Wave, for future Olympic coverage. My boss asked that I launch and promote a public Wave for this story and within seconds I was curating breaking news from sources including our own reporters and editors, social media, the scanner, and users.
The large amount of readers who participated eventually brought the tool to its knees, adding to the high-stress day. However, the experiment, other real-time efforts and high-quality reporting led to a staff Pulitzer Prize.
Grace Johnson is an editor, based in New York.
Most memorable news story covered: During my senior year at Northwestern University, I was a part of the Medill Innocence Project (now known as the Medill Justice Project). We were working with a Chicago man convicted on 1st-degree murder charges in 1998. The convicted claimed innocence based on many factors including a lack of credible witness testimony, as well as a mismatch between the gun recovered from the suspect’s house and the bullet recovered from the victim’s body.
I was a part of the team who was looking to track down one of the last known witnesses from the night of the alleged murder. Our search took us all the way to Arizona where we pursued nearly every possible lead, including staking out a local courthouse for hours waiting for our man. When we finally came into contact with our witness, he was hostile to put it mildly, but at the 11th hour we convinced him to talk just a few hours before our flight was due to leave.
The information we received that day didn’t result in an overturned conviction but it did assist our team in rounding out our investigation and made all the frustrating phone calls, unanswered door knocks and hours of research worth it.
Radhika Marya is an editor, based in New York City.
Most memorable news story covered: News of Saudi Arabia’s Women2Drive movement – a social media-based campaign against the kingdom’s driving ban on women - first blew up when one of its founders was arrested after posting a YouTube video of herself driving in May 2011.
I was working at Mashable and started covering the issue the moment that story broke, churning out about 15 pieces over the course of a few months. Since I wasn’t actually in Saudi Arabia, I started following relevant Twitter hashtags on a daily basis, using tweets for leads and quotes alike. And I did the old-fashioned thing by calling activists in Saudi Arabia. Despite not being out there, I was constantly plugged in and even got to talk about the subject on the radio at one point.
The Women2Drive campaign isn’t over at this time, but covering it was a fascinating challenge – a perfect mix of old-school and new-school journalism – which is why it remains so memorable for me.
Connect with Radhika: On Twitter
Lauren McCullough is an editor, based in New York City.
Most memorable news story covered: 2009’s Hudson River plane crash happened just blocks away from many newsrooms in New York City, but its iconic photo was snapped and tweeted by a regular guy, Janis Krums, who happened to be a passenger on a ferry crossing the river.
I was on duty at The Associated Press, searching social media sites for eyewitnesses and saw Krums’ tweet minutes after he sent it. I found his blog online and figured out he was from Florida. A colleague helped me dig up a potential phone number for his mother in Florida. I called her and convinced her to give me his cell phone number. We were able to interview him and secure rights to distribute his photo to news organizations all over the world.
Alexander Smith is an editor, based in London.
Most memorable news story covered: While not quite the biggest story in my press cuttings, the arrest of a blogger at a local authority meeting taught me that marrying so-called traditional reporting skills with social media is not only powerful, but essential in engaging with modern journalism.
I was not long out of graduate journalism school, working as a trainee on the South West Wales Media newspaper series. A contact called me to say a blogger was being arrested for filming a council meeting, a protest against a perceived lack of transparency. I ran to the building and took a photo of the arrest-in-progress, and argued for my story to go onto our website as soon as possible. This view was met with a rather robust office debate, but the piece went live within the hour. Our story not only provoked parliamentary debates about local government transparency, but helped galvanize the newspaper’s digital policy.
Connect with Alex: On Twitter
David Wyllie is an editor, based in London.
Most memorable news story covered: Oslo stands out as the most memorable story I have covered if only because I felt compelled to cover it on a day off.
I started with an AP one-line piece of breaking news about an explosion outside the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office. I had nothing else to go on, no wires, no staff in the area but I wanted to know more. So I set up searches, trawled for photos and identified locals. Soon I had more to go on than the television news channels racing to put people on the ground and I put these updates on my Twitter feed for my followers to see.
In only two hours the story flipped from being about a city center bomb that mercifully avoided mass casualty to an island massacre that shocked the world. It taught me many lessons and reminded me not to concentrate too hard on one angle.
Connect with David: On Twitter
Cory Bergman is Breaking News’ general manager, based in Seattle.
Most memorable news story covered: I spent a month at Ground Zero covering the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks for NBC News. Day after day, night after night, I watched from my live shot position as crews worked tirelessly among the rubble, hoping above hope to find life inside the twisted metal. The rubble smoldered for weeks, permeating the air with a metallic-smelling, dusty smoke that I’ll never forget.
One memory sticks with me the most: late one night, a few dozen workers marched proudly toward Ground Zero, holding the American flag up high. Out of reach of our cameras on a darkened street, they were headed toward another grueling 12 hour shift, some singing patriotic songs as they walked. They were among the many heroes of 9/11, not only on that tragic day, but during the weeks and months that followed.
Ben Tesch is Breaking News’ creative director, based in San Francisco, California.
Short bio: Ben is a designer and developer who has been with msnbc.com since 2007, and been building things on the web for 15 years. He spends his free time playing music, watching movies, designing, building, fixing, and thinking.
Connect with Ben: On Twitter
Zoya Ali is a developer, based in Seattle.
Short bio: Zoya completed her Masters from the Ohio State University, where her research area was in Software development within the context of different frameworks. She also developed a new course on Mobile Application Development. She hails from Lucknow, India. She likes to travel to new places and loves cooking Indian food.
John Jacecko is a developer, based in Southern California.
Short bio: John has been a software developer for over two decades. He cut his teeth on an Apple II+, and spent many years as a console game programmer before the iPhone came along and was simply irresistible. John enjoys having fun with his family, surfing, reading, all things technical, and a little guitar here and there.
Martin McClellan is a user experience designer, based in Seattle.
Short bio: Martin is a designer and writer. He holds a BFA in design from Cornish College of the Arts, and has been working on the web since 1995. He wrote a few columns for McSweeney’s on typography, for which he has an disproportionate love. Martin’s been working for msnbc.com since December of 2009, and he was lucky enough to become part of the Breaking News creative team in April of 2011. He lives in Seattle with his wife Christine Larsen, an artist, and their young son Lionel who really has a thing for trucks.
Christian Metts is a developer, based in Seattle.
Short bio: Christian has worked every aspect of the internet for well over a decade. He wants to understand how things work and make them better. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and adorable children. An artist, foodie, button pusher, and gamer; he’s still working out what he what he wants to be when he grows up.