Experience

NPR (January 2014 - Present)

News Applications Developer

  • Work collaboratively as a full-stack developer (JavaScript, Python, PostgreSQL, Ubuntu) on the NPR Visuals Team – a team of designers, developers, photographers, producers and editors – on data-driven and visual storytelling projects
  • Lead technical development of front-end practice, introducing npm, Webpack, and virtual DOM-based frameworks.
  • Lead development of award-winning Look At This, an ongoing project experimenting with photo-driven sequential visual storytelling
  • Maintain multiple open-source tools, including Lunchbox, a suite of social media image creation tools; the team's app template, a Flask-based tool for creating static websites; pym.js, a JavaScript library for embedding iframes responsively; and dailygraphics, a Flask and d3.js-based project for creating code-based graphics and keeping them in version control
  • Release almost all story-driven projects as open-source software
  • Architect measurement of custom metrics for team projects and produce internal team reports on those metrics

Medill School of Journalism (Fall 2015)

Adjunct Professor

  • Taught postgraduate students in Northwestern's National Security Reporting Project about web-native visual storytelling
  • Assisted student designer and developer with creation of the class's final project website

Northwestern University Knight Lab (2012 - 2014)

Undergraduate Fellow

  • Created and developed SoundCite, a tool for creating inline audio citations
  • Built curriculum for new Knight Lab fellows to learn basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Recruited new Knight Lab fellows

Medill School of Journalism (Spring 2013, Spring 2014)

Teaching Assistant

  • Taught workshops on version control, JavaScript, data visualization and more
  • Helped architect curriculum that adapted to different student skill levels

Gannett Digital (2013)

Content Intern

  • Built custom news applications for USA Today
  • Reported and developed data-driven stories on demographic population data

Chicago Tribune (2012)

News Applications Intern

  • Assisted in development of the Chicago Tribune Member Center, a portal where digital subscribers of the Chicago Tribune could access special benefits

Education

Northwestern University (2014)

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (2010)

International Baccalaureate

Selected Awards

  • 2016 National Press Photographers Assocation: Best Visual Column or Blog
    Project: Look At This
  • 2016 World Press Photo: Immersive Storytelling, Second Place
    Project: Life After Death
  • 2015 Quartz Casties: Best Software (desktop)
    Project: earbud.fm
  • 2014 Online Journalism Awards: Gannett Foundation Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism
    Project: SoundCiteJS