Notes from the Field

Hello, and thanks for stopping in! I’m Anthony DeBarros, a longtime journalist who’s specialized in data analysis, investigative reporting, open-source programming, and product development. I’m also the author of Practical SQL: A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling with Data, to be published in early 2018 by No Starch Press.

On this site, you’ll find posts that range from writing tips for journalists to considerations for fashioning user experience to a series of how-to’s on installing Python on Windows. I’ve not posted much in the last while because a) new job and b) been working on that book. But please check the archives.

Currently, I’m vice president of digital product and content at Questex, a global B2B events and publishing company. Our titles and events serve experts in niches ranging from biotech and pharma to telecom and wireless to spas and nightclubs.

Previously, at DocumentCloud (a service of Investigative Reporters and Editors), I served as director of product development via a grant from the Knight Foundation. While there, I created pneumatic, a Python library for bulk-uploading documents. I also fashioned a strategy for the platform’s long-term financial stability.

While with Gannett—at USA TODAY, Gannett Digital, and the Poughkeepsie Journal—my specialty was data journalism and investigative reporting. Over the years, our teams won several awards.

In my personal life, I prefer the Beatles to the Stones, cats to dogs, and an authentic New York slice over most any food. I’m a Christian, Portuguese-Italian, I adore my wife and kids, wish I had time to play more guitar, and think there’s a lot to appreciate in songs that last longer than 10 minutes, have several key changes and a couple of time signatures.

About this site

This site’s been online since 2009. I retain ownership of all content; any reproductions of my published work are owned by the respective copyright holders and are displayed for portfolio purposes only. Opinions do not reflect the opinions of my employers past or present.

Currently, I’m modding a WordPress theme forked from LESS. Body font is PT Sans and post headlines are Arvo, both from Google Web Fonts.

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