Stacey Decker became the director of Capital News Service’s audience engagement bureau in January 2024.
Decker, a 2008 Merrill College alum and an adjunct lecturer at the college since 2022, is a journalist and educator passionate about digital news strategy and mentoring early-career journalists.
She helps student journalists use metrics, social media, newsletters and other digital storytelling tools to maximize the audience for projects published by CNS and Merrill College’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and Local News Network. She also teaches related courses on interactive design and social media strategy.
Decker was previously the deputy managing editor for digital at Education Week, where she oversaw the newsroom's digital strategy, managed a team of digital news specialists and helped guide editorial decision-making.
Decker began working at Education Week in 2008 and had a variety of roles and responsibilities that allowed her to hone her expertise in audience engagement, digital storytelling, news products, workflow development and more. Among other projects, she worked on a yearslong effort to redesign, replatform and relaunch edweek.org.
In 2020, Decker was selected to participate in the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.
She lives with her family, including her two kids and two cats, in Rockville, Maryland.
B.A., University of Maryland