Sam Stewart is a journalist and media technologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the project lead for the grant-funded Verified Pixel Project. Samaruddin was also the US Department of State’s 189th Franklin Fellow in 2015, serving as a media expert providing strategic advising on media outreach and audience engagement. Previously, he was selected by Stanford University in 2013 as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow where he researched the application of technical verification on user-generated digital images. His prior work includes managing and editing roles at AOL News, Agence France-Presse, and The Arizona Republic. Samaruddin was selected as one of the first instructors for the SPJ/Google News Lab Trainer Network started in late 2015.