Miami, Florida

Lenny Martinez

Hi, I’m Lenny.

I’m a grad student in the Visual Communications program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; My graduate work has focused on different aspects of media tech and data-driven storytelling.

This summer I’m researching startups in media tech for the 2019 Media-Nxt report.

In fall 2018, I was a teaching assistant for MIT’s Mechanical Engineering capstone course, Product Engineering Processes. Before that, I spent most of 2018 investigating racism, intolerance, and diversity in America as a Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellow. I produced the interactive piece, State of Hate. Our investigation, Hate in America, has won the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the 2019 Student Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Digital Reporting.

In June 2017, I graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a focus on product design.

When I'm not working, I enjoy making pictures, baking desserts (like flan and cheesecake), and visiting second-hand bookstore.
I also try to learn more about math and its applications; some of my favorite topics are linear algebra, automatic control, optimization, and mathematical modeling.