Since 2012, I've been building news applications professionally. First for the Chicago Tribune News Applications team (2012-2014) and most recently NPR Visuals (2014-present). Since June, 2016, I have been the acting Senior Supervising Editor at NPR Visuals..
Test 2016 election scenarios based on 2016 population demographics, even on a phone or tablet.
The pipe that connects a building's water system to the water main can be a dangerous source of lead. But knowing if you have a lead pipe isn't always easy. How do you produce a data story without data? By getting helping your audience find out for themselves in English and Spanish.
To understand the widespread availability of assault weapons in the U.S., the gray market is a source of valuable data. I helped identify the story idea and data source, developed a scraper to liberate the data and coordinated the graphics development for the final piece.
Get database-ready election results from the Associated Press Election API v2.0. This community software project powered 2016 election results for the New York Times, NPR, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Seattle Times, and more.
A friendly guide to great podcasts.
Web application that visualizes Chicago Police Department crime incident report data, Tribune-collected shooting data, and Illinois city data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Won 2013 Peter Lisagor award for Use of Digital Technology, 2014 SND Award of Excellence)
Friends process the aftermath of a young woman's homicide by Jennifer Delgado, Bridget Doyle, and Mary Schmich. (Won 2014 Peter Lisagor award for Feature Story or Series)
Long-form story by Kevin Pang about an acclaimed chef with an incredible backstory. (Won 2014 Society of News Design Award of Excellence)
A video-based exploration of violence through the eyes of Chicago's youth. In collaboration with the Mash, TrueStar, and the Chicago Bureau.
An investigation into harmful chemicals found in every home. (Series nominated for 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, won 2013 Goldsmith Prize For Investigative Reporting)
A tool to help photo staff create big, beautiful galleries using the Chicago Tribune Content Management System. (Drove hundreds of millions of pageviews.)
I regularly participate in hackathons and teach and speak about practical technology and data journalism.
d|Bootcamp Taipei (Taipei, Aug. 2015)
Hacks/Hackers D.C. (Washington, D.C., July 2015)
Migrahack DF (Mexico City, Apr. 2014)
Data Made Simple Hackathon (Chicago, 2014)
Tribeca Hacks Chicago (Chicago, June 2013)
Deloitte Regional Tech Conference (Chicago, 2007)
From 2011 to 2014, I ran a weekly workshop to teach fundamental web and data skills by working on real-world data journalism projects. We called the event Open Hack and our loose affiliation of aspiring creators and developers the Supreme Chi-Town Coding Crew.
Our first major project was a scraper to collect statistics about the Cook County Jail inmate population that launched in November 2012. In March 2014, Maria Zamudio, Sarah Murray, and Brian Peterson published Crime and Punishment Chicago, a guide to data about the Chicago and Cook County criminal justice system, in collaboration with the Smart Chicago Collaborative.
In December, 2015, Yana Kunichoff, Brian Peterson, and Geoff Hing published Convicted in Cook, a deep dive into five years worth of Cook County convictions data.
Tarbell is an open source publishing tool that emphasizes simplicity, fundamental skills, and low maintenance for published projects. Tarbell has been used for dozens of projects at the Chicago Tribune, Al Jazeera America, The University of Nebraska, Frontline, and more.
Tarbell combines Google spreadsheets for data management with powerful project creation, templating, and publishing tools. Most of the projects on this site were built with Tarbell, including the portfolio itself.
In 2005, I helped start FreeGeek Chicago. FreeGeek Chicago is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, and job skills training in exchange for community service. I helped write the FreeGeek Constitution, Statement on Funding, and Code of Conduct. In 2013, FreeGeek Chicago recycled over 20 tons of electronics and 768 volunteers logged over 22,000 hours.