Craig Silverman is an award-winning author and journalist and one of the world's leading experts on online misinformation, fake news, and the attention economy. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and media manipulation.
Craig was named to the Politico 50 for his work exposing fake news and its effect on American politics, and NOW Magazine dubbed him "the man who exposed the fake-news racket." He is the 2018 recipient of the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association, which honors “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”
Craig previously was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada, and was also the founder of Emergent.info, a rumor tracking project that was developed as part of a research fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. His research resulted in the publication of "Lies, Damn Lies, and Viral Content: How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation." From 2004 to 2015 he wrote Regret The Error, a blog about media accuracy and corrections, which became part of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and was the basis for an award-winning book of the same name.
In 2010, Craig was part of the team that launched OpenFile, an online news startup the delivered community-driven reporting in six Canadian cities. He is the former managing editor of PBS MediaShift and has been a columnist for The Globe And Mail, Toronto Star, and Columbia Journalism Review. Craig also edited The Verification Handbook and The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting for the European Journalism Centre, and is also the author of the award-winning book "Mafiaboy."
His journalism and books have been honored by the Mirror Awards, U.S. National Press Club, National Magazine Awards (Canada), Digital Publishing Awards, and Crime Writers of Canada.
Selected interviews and profiles
An interview with Fresh Air on NPR, "Fake News Expert On How False Stories Spread And Why People Believe Them"
A Q&A with Toronto Life magazine, "Craig Silverman, the Buzzfeed editor who helped make “fake news” a household phrase"
Profile and citation for the Politico 50, "the Fake News Watchdog"
An interview with On The Media, "about the rocky past and uncertain future of 'fake news,' and how a legitimate concept became a political football"
A profile in NOW magazine, "Craig Silverman, the man who exposed the fake-news racket in 2016"
Article in Fortune magazine, "BuzzFeed Names Fake-News Expert Craig Silverman Its First Media Editor"