USC Annenberg School For Communication and Journalism


Peggy Bustamante

Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Prof. Peggy Bustamante is a longtime journalist and web developer who recently joined the faculty at USC Annenberg. Previously, she worked as a news applications and interactives developer at Digital First Media, where she created data-driven and interactive projects for the company’s 76 daily newspapers. Prior to that she held a similar position at award-winning newspaper Newsday on Long Island, where she earned an Emmy nomination for an interactive 12-part video series she conceived and executed.

Prof. Bustamante also spent nine years as lead web applications developer for Harvard University’s News Office and almost two decades as a print journalist at a variety of daily newspapers in Massachusetts and Texas. She started her transition to digital news platforms in the mid-90s, learning to code as part of her multimedia and online work.

Prof. Bustamante has both a master’s degree in information technology/computer science and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University, and has been teaching USC Annenberg students to build news projects with code.

Prof. Bustamante teaches the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and databases) as a foundation for investigating interactive and multimedia storytelling; building data-driven news applications development; and practicing data journalism and data visualization.