Joellen Easton

Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network
Joellen Easton gets to chart the next mission for PIN: New ways to use the network for meeting information needs, with new partners and new technologies. All shiny objects cross her desk.

Her background is in anthropology, and she has produced for WGBH, PRI’s The World, and as a freelancer. She first worked with PIN at Marketplace as a PIN analyst for four years, and after that as partners manager for three years, leading the training and support team. She is degreed from Tufts and MIT.

Recent Posts


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PIN Bureau wins ASU innovation award

We are excited to be able to share today that the Public Insight Network Bureau, based at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has won the 2015 ASU President’s Award for Innovation.  This prestigious award is given annually by ASU in recognition of cutting edge projects and programs that significantly benefit... Read more »

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What are you?

Perspectives featured in this post were all gathered via a PIN query tapping into the social media conversation following Raven Symonè's comments about being American, not African American.

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Measuring PIN in your newsroom: A how-to guide

Download the full Public Insight Network evaluation how-to guide here. If something is important to you and you want it to improve, you measure it.  Want to get in better shape?  Metrics can help.  If you’re trying to become a better baker, lowering the ratio of burned-to-not-burned cookies is a good thing.  When journalists hear... Read more »

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Affordable Care Act-inspired likes, don’t-likes

Finding sources who represent multiple sides of an issue and are willing to talk with a reporter can be challenging at times. Beacon reporter Robert Joiner worked with PIN sources to put a personal face on his article about polls and perceptions related to the health care law. More at

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An inside look at a candidate

Rosemount, MN students from the PIN shared their experience with U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills as a teacher. They all told MPR News that Bills is friendly, funny and accessible, and has a knack for making a dense subject understandable. More at