Résumé

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Experience

The Associated Press

News automation editor

  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to automate the creation and production of news content.
  • Develop applications and libraries to implement new automation processes, such as:
    • Alerts for reporters about new developments in health care and political campaigns.
    • Systems to generate graphics for print customers about sports, entertainment, politics and finance.
    • Infrastructure to support data-driven interactive graphics and editorial tools.
  • Determine other editors’ and reporters’ needs and priorities related to editorial workflows.
  • Act as liaison between editorial and technical stakeholders.

The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy

News interactives producer

  • Developed interactive news features, such as:
    • A game displaying applicant data from a faculty hiring process
    • An in-depth exploration of Census data to show how the demographics of America’s children—its future college students—differ by age
  • Developed internal tools to help reporters, editors and other staff members work more quickly and efficiently, such as:
    • Scrapers for biographies of members of Congress, lists of grants and their amounts, and state alcohol licenses
    • An ingest system for millions of nonprofit organizations’ tax returns from Internal Revenue Service DVD sets
    • A similarity engine that finds clusters of like universities
  • Gathered, processed and interpreted data from agencies, private organizations and Chronicle reporting for reporters and readers, including for the Almanac of Higher Education.

PBS NewsHour

News developer

  • Developed interactive Web and mobile news applications and information graphics, such as:
    • An embeddable widget to track daily high temperature records
    • A set of graphics to illustrate projections about the 2011 federal debt ceiling debate
    • An interactive map with past and present housing price data
  • Developed mapping application with detailed demographic and political data for the 2012 presidential election cycle.

Education

University of Missouri

Received two undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of science (cum laude) in electrical engineering, minor in mathematics
  • Bachelor of journalism, emphasis in print and digital news, concentration in newspaper editing and design

Skills

Backend and data analysis

Languages: Ruby, Python, Node.js, R, SQL (MySQL, PostgreSQL)

Frameworks: Ruby on Rails, Django, Sinatra, Flask

GIS: GDAL, PostGIS, QGIS

Frontend and design

Languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SVG

Frameworks and libraries: D3, Highcharts, Backbone, Underscore, jQuery, Leaflet

Desktop tools: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, TileMill

Other

License: FAA remote pilot certificate (commercial drone pilot)

Crafts: Baking, embroidery, crochet