Data-driven reporter and producer
Who am I?
I’m a journalist and multimedia producer who specializes in data visualization. Currently I’m the Data Journalist, Senior Producer. I’ve worked as a reporter and producer for more than 10 years.
What I do
I specialize in simplifying complex topics and bringing them to life through compelling visuals, including photography and data visualizations.
As a data analyst I help people understand the numbers behind important stories, and uncover new ones. Recently, I’ve worked on investigations into California’s role in immigration detention. During the election I helped show live results for more than 800 local races and ballot measures. I won a regional Murrow for my work on the treatment of inmates with mental illness. My team also won a Knight Foundation Grant to work with users to create a database of actual healthcare costs. Working with developers all over the world, we built a form for users to submit what they and their insurers paid for common procedures. JAMA has called the project “essential.”
As a producer I decide the best way to tell stories online. That can mean launching a series of responsive guides on complex topics, including the Affordable Care Act and state election propositions. Or building an interactive map proving that gun crimes in Oakland were not limited to a 100-block area.
As a daily reporter I work on breaking news stories and long-term investigations. I’ve developed strategies to engage our audience where they are: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and our news site. During the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests, I worked closely with reporters and photographers to live-blog and tweet. I’ve also uncovered stories about police departments that had lost fully automatic weapons received from the Pentagon. And found medical professionals who charged Medicare the highest rate 100 percent of the time.
In the past, I’ve served as interim online editor at KQED News, leading a team of bloggers, producers and reporters through complex ongoing stories such as Proposition 8 coverage and during breaking-news events such as the BART strike.
I have also worked as a multimedia producer at California Watch, an investigative unit at the Center for Investigative Reporting that I helped launch. I completed my master’s at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2009.
I’ve worked in Beijing for the Washington Post, had a radio story on the Cumulus network, produced regular videos for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and contributed to the Chauncey Bailey Project.
Before moving to the Bay Area I was an online producer at National Journal and a technology writer for United Press International.
My work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Radio Television and Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive.