Bracken oversees the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s Prototype Fund, and the foundation's other journalism and technology investments. He has over 12 years of experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy and innovation, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. He joined Knight in June 2010.
He was named one of Crain’s Tech 50 in 2013 and was a 2009 fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council. Bracken has a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.