Alberto Cairo is a visualization journalist, designer, consultant, educator, and author. He is Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami and director of the Center for Visualization and Information Design at the school’s Institute for Data Science and Computing. He teaches courses on infographics, data visualization, and data journalism. He's the author of books such as How Charts Lie (2019) and The Truthful Art (2016).
Cairo has been described by Microsoft as always “in the vanguard of visual journalism”. In 2012, Cairo created the first journalism Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the world in collaboration with the Knight Center at the University of Texas.
Between June 2010 and December 2011, Cairo was the director for Infographics and Multimedia at Editora Globo, the magazine division of the biggest media group in Brazil, where he acted as an executive editor for the magazines of the group. Alberto also led the creation of the Interactive Infographics Department at El Mundo (, Spain), in 2000. His department is widely considered a pioneer in online news. Cairo’s team won more Malofiej and Society for News Design (SND) infographics international awards than any other news organization worldwide between 2001 and 2005. He has taught and consulted for educational institutions and companies in nearly thirty countries.