Griff Palmer (1956-) began his newspaper career in high school, as a student reporter for the Muskogee Daily Phoenix. After graduating in 1978 from Park College in Parkville, Mo., he worked for the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, the Stillwater News-Press, The Oklahoma City Times and The Daily Oklahoman. During 19 years at The Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times, he covered a variety of reporting beats and served five years as an assistant city editor. He became The Oklahoman’s first database editor in 1994, helping the newspaper integrate electronic data analysis methods into its news reporting. He spent six years at The San Jose Mercury News as database editor. In 2006 he moved to The New York Times, where he joined a seven-member reporting team, working on projects throughout the newsroom. He contributed reporting to two projects that won Pulitzer Prizes, along with projects that won other national awards. He is a fourth-generation Oklahoman with family roots in the 19th-century Chickasaw Removal.