Hi there! I'm Madi. I live in Dallas, Texas, and work as a computational journalist for The Dallas Morning News.
Previously I worked as a data journalist for Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C. for three years. I've got a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where I specialized in data reporting. My bachelor's degree is in political science and mass communications. I was the data intern for ProPublica and the digital intern for The New York Times. I also worked for IRE/NICAR in the database library.
During my journalism career, I've covered everything from state legislatures to the Pope to tractor pulls. My work been been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg News, CNN and more. My print work, videos and graphics have earned me almost 20 awards, at both professional and student levels.
Skills I have: statistical analysis, data cleaning, mapping and spatial analysis, data visualization, FOIA and open records gathering, backgrounding, multimedia reporting, video editing
Tools and software I use: MySQL, SQL Server, SQLite, Excel, Carto, ArcMap/ArcGIS, QGIS, OpenRefine, Git/Github, D3, Tableau, Chartbuilder, Document Cloud
In my free time, I like cooking, hiking, camping and taking care of my plants. I keep a database of all the national parks and historical sites I've visited—a total of 36 thus far. I enjoy tacos, sweaters, dogs and parliamentary procedure.
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