About

The instructor for this class is Derek Willis, a member of the Interactive News Technology group at The New York Times. I was born in Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in rhetoric and communications and attended graduate school at the University of Florida. I began my journalism career at the Palm Beach Post, working in the news library and then as a reporter and technology coordinator. From 1998-2003 I covered Congress and elections for Congressional Quarterly. In February 2003 I joined The Center for Public Integrity as a writer/data specialist working on state and federal projects, where a report I co-authored was honored with a Sigma Delta Chi award by the Society of Professional Journalists. In November 2004 I became the Research Database Editor at the Washington Post, and later worked for washingtonpost.com before joining The Times. I’ve taught computer-assisted reporting classes at Columbia Union College and George Washington University prior to coming to Medill.

Some of the projects I’ve worked on:

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