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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein: Using Data to Ask Bigger Questions

August 9, 2016 by Eileen Li

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein currently lectures on journalism at Columbia College and was previously the database and investigative editor at Hoy, the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish-language newspaper. He spent part of 2012 in Santiago, Chile where he taught as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Diego Portales. His numerous projects include investigating nursing home inequality with the Center for Public Integrity, examining the enduring rifts in Chilean society 40 years after the Pinochet coup, as well as actively blogging for the Huffington Post.

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Tim Broderick: On Data Projects and Probing Illinois School Data

August 4, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Tim Broderick is the Editor of Data Journalism and Graphics at the Daily Herald where he also reports extensively on education issues. His ambitious data project, the “Poverty-Achievement Index”, is a joint analysis between the Herald and WBEZ, measuring the link between poverty and school achievement in elementary and high schools across the State of Illinois.

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Daniel Hertz: Demographic Data and Slim Margins of Error

August 2, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Daniel Hertz is a Senior Fellow at the City Observatory, a website and think tank devoted to data-driven analysis of cities and the policies that shape them. A recent graduate of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, Daniel writes extensively on urban issues in the City of Chicago. His original research and data visualizations have been cited by the Chicago Tribune and Toronto Star among others. Most recently, he’s launched The Chicago Dispatch, an online publication that publishes interviews, essays and articles about the Windy City.

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Matt Kiefer: Anachronisms, Data Exclusivity and Teaching the Best Tools

July 28, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Matt Kiefer is a data editor for The Chicago Reporter, an investigative news outlet that focuses on race, poverty, and income inequality in Chicago and beyond. Previously also at the Chicago Sun-Times and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) researcher at the Better Government Association, a Chicago-based investigative journalism non-profit organization, Matt spent two years as a software programmer before returning to the field of journalism where he now contributes to key data-driven reporting such as the Reporter’s recent “Settling for Misconduct“.

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Abe Epton On Data Journalism: Pandas, Pain Points, and More

July 27, 2016 by Eileen Li

Abe Epton is a data reporter at KUOW-FM, an NPR member station in Seattle, and was previously on the news app team at the Chicago Tribune. Before getting into data journalism, Abe worked at Google as a technical specialist in News and Books publisher support. While in Chicago, he used data to shed light on topics including the city’s automated speed camera program, lead testing in tap water, and young victims of homicides and shootings.

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Alex Richards: On Data Tools, Challenges, and Being Skeptical

July 21, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Alex Richards is an investigative data reporter at NerdWallet, a personal finance website that empowers people to make and manage financial decisions. His previous work at the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and publications like the Chicago Tribune and the Las Vegas Sun, such as his reporting on Las Vegas hospitals whitewashing life-threatening complications, have earned him accolades such as a Pulitzer Prize nod in the local reporting category and a shared FOI medal from IRE for his more recent work on a truancy epidemic in Chicago.

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