Derek Willis Joins Decision Desk HQ

Derek Willis Joins Decision Desk HQ


Decision Desk HQ Welcomes

Veteran Elections Reporter and Analyst

Derek Willis As Editor Of Weekly Newsletter


September 30, 2021 — Decision Desk HQ, the leading provider of election results and related data in the United States, is proud to announce that veteran journalist and data analyst Derek Willis has joined our team as writer and editor of our weekly newsletter.

Each Monday the hundreds of thousands of subscribers to DDHQ’s free weekly newsletter can look forward to not just the latest in election news but also insights into the world of campaign finance and election administration.

“When we saw Derek was leaving ProPublica for a teaching position at the University of Maryland I immediately reached out to him. He’s one of the most experienced and respected writers on the most important hot button issues in and around American elections. It’s a real coup for us to bring him on board and be able to have him share his insights and keen eye for a story with our readers. His focus will be on the weekly newsletter, which will have new features under his leadership, but we have more projects in the works we’re excited about having him part of as well. This is just the start of our expansion plans heading into 2022”Drew McCoy, President of Decision Desk HQ.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Willis said. “Joining the Decision Desk HQ team was an easy call: they have a large and well-informed audience passionate about the topics I care about and I can’t wait to learn from them. It’s a great way for me to remain active in the election community and I hope to build on the newsletter’s record of providing smart analysis and useful information.”

In the Monday, October 4th edition of the Decision Desk HQ newsletter Derek Willis has a Q and A with Professor Michael Bitzer (@bowtiepolitics) of Old North State Politics, a leading authority on North Carolina politics. The two will discuss the state of redistricting in the state and Bitzer’s new book, “Redistricting and Gerrymandering in North Carolina: Battlelines in the Tar Heel State”. We’ll also be introducing a new feature that takes a look at the good, the bad, and really strange in political fundraising emails.

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About Decision Desk HQ

Founded on a commitment of “accurate, fast and first”, Decision Desk HQ is a US and international election night results reporting and data science and editorial service.

In 2020, Decision Desk HQ was the first election race results and call service to declare Joe Biden the winner of the US Presidential Election and that Democrats had won a majority of seats in the US House and Senate. Of the 16 key races in November of 2020, Decision Desk HQ called 14 of them first.

In 2021, Decision Desk HQ has been first to call 16 of the most important 18 races first.

Decision Desk HQ provides a wide variety of election night results and election data to media outlets, political organizations, and academics.

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About Derek Willis

Derek Willis is a lecturer in data journalism at the University of Maryland. He has worked, with a focus on politics and elections, at ProPublica, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. His first journalism job was at the Palm Beach Post in Florida.

Willis is the co-founder of OpenElections, a project to obtain, convert and publish official precinct-level election results from all 50 states. He has made multiple presentations on campaign finance, election and congressional data at journalism conferences and other venues. You can find him online at


Follow Derek Willis:

Twitter:  @derekwillis