About the Author

My name is Anthony DeBarros. I’m the author of Practical SQL: A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling with Data from No Starch Press, now in its 2nd edition.

I’m a longtime data journalist, writing code to find news in data. At The Wall Street Journal, I help cover topics including trade, the economy, demographics, and Covid-19. I’ve also been a product leader and/or data journalist for USA Today, Questex, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and DocumentCloud.

My work has received honors including a Silver Baton from the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

This site has been online since 2009. Newer blog posts focus on SQL and topics related to my book. In the past, I’ve written coding and data analysis how-to’s and offered perspectives on life and the changing journalism industry. Check out some writing tips for journalists, thoughts on user experience, the difference between mean and median, and a guide for how to install Python on Windows. Here’s a full index.

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