Jacob Ward

Journalist, Writer and Television Correspondent; 2018-19 Berggruen Fellow at CASBS

Jacob Ward is an on-air correspondent for NBC News, covering the intersection of technology, human behavior, and social change for Nightly News, The TODAY Show, and MSNBC. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science magazine and was Al Jazeera’s science and technology correspondent from 2013 to 2018.

Ward is a lecturer at the Stanford d.school, and was a 2018-2019 Berggruen Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, where he began writing The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World without Choices and How to Fight Back, out January 24, 2022 from Hachette Book Group. The book explores how artificial intelligence and other decision-shaping technologies will amplify good and bad human instincts. Ward has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, and many other publications. In addition to hosting documentaries for National Geograpic and Discovery, he’s the host of the landmark four-hour PBS television series, “Hacking Your Mind,” about human decision-making and manipulation.”