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John Bracken

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John Bracken joined Knight Foundation in June 2010. He oversees the Knight News Challenge, the Knight Prototype Fund and the foundation's other journalism and technology investments. He talks to people, teases out ideas, and looks for connections and opportunities where Knight can contribute. 

Bracken has more than 10 years experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy, innovation and global Internet freedom, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. He is a frequent presenter at media and technology conferences and serves as an adviser to 1871, a co-working resource for digital startups in Chicago.  

A 2009 fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, Bracken has a master's degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. He writes @jsb and

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