About Me

Hi, I’m Anthony DeBarros, and I’m glad you stopped by.

A little about me: Professionally, I’m a data journalist and author. I currently work in the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Wall Street Journal, where I’m a data editor focusing on international trade, the economy, demographics and assorted topics.

I’ve written a book, Practical SQL: A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling with Data, published in 2018 by No Starch Press. 

In previous roles, I’ve been a journalist, manager, data editor, product developer, programmer and content strategist. I spent more than two decades with the Gannett Company at USA TODAY, Gannett Digital and the Poughkeepsie Journal. I also worked for Investigative Reporters and Editors on its DocumentCloud platform and for the B2B publisher Questex. I’ve been fortunate to have a hand in helping teams win several journalism awards.

I’m a longtime member of IRE and a frequent speaker and trainer at its conferences. And I’m the author of pneumatic, a Python library for bulk-uploading to DocumentCloud.

About this site

The blog here is less active than it used to be, mainly because I’ve turned my side attention to my book. Nevertheless, the site has some “greatest hits,” including how to install Python on Windows. You’ll also find posts that range from writing tips for journalists to considerations for fashioning user experience.

Opinions do not reflect the opinions of employers past or present.

The design is a modded WordPress theme forked from LESS. Body font is PT Serif and post headlines are Fira Sans, both from Google Web Fonts.

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