Jens Erik Gould is editor-in-chief and co-developer of The Knife Media, a digital publication that presents news without bias and analyzes media outlets for their level of objectivity. Together with CEO Rosa Laura Junco, Jens oversees the daily editorial operations of The Knife.
As editor-in-chief, Jens coordinates daily coverage and analysis of top U.S. and world news. He oversees a team of 20 editors, writers and analysts specialized in stripping the news of spin and analyzing other media outlets for their level of bias. In addition to analyzing media coverage of top political and general news stories, The Knife also examines bias and limiting assumptions in the media’s coverage of controversial issues such as free speech, gender and race. Recently, Jens helped The Knife launch a series called “With Prejudice,” which examines how the media and other institutions misrepresent people who challenge commonly held beliefs.
Prior to joining The Knife Media, Jens gained nine years of experience as a political, business and entertainment reporter. He has reported from 12 countries on four continents, and has interviewed presidents, government ministers, governors, central bankers, corporate CEOs and pop stars.
Jens Erik Gould began his journalism career with an op-ed he published in the Santa Fe New Mexican in 2003 after completing a Fulbright grant in Europe. In the piece, Jens urged his fellow Americans to become more educated about other countries and cultures, arguing that this would help reduce bias and broaden perspectives about the world at a time when the U.S. was beginning its war on terror abroad.
Jens would soon put that ideal into practice by becoming a foreign correspondent. First, he covered Hugo Chavez from Caracas, where he was a regular contributor to The New York Times’ Business Day, TIME Magazine and National Public Radio between 2005 and 2008. He also covered the Venezuelan and global oil industry for Argus and Platts. From 2008 until 2011, Jens was a staff correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico City, covering Mexican politics, economy and drug war.
Jens then returned to his hometown of Los Angeles, where he covered California politics and general news for TIME Magazine and time.com, interviewing a broad array of figures from state Governor Jerry Brown to actor Matt Damon. He also received two Pulitzer Center grants to report on global health issues in Honduras and Vietnam.
Jens is also producer of the web series Bravery Tapes, which documents tales of people who rise up against tremendous adversity. He has an Honors undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, has received a Fulbright scholarship and earned two Pulitzer Center grants.