About Me

Hello, and welcome to my site. My name is Anthony DeBarros, and I’ve been a journalist for most of my career. My work focuses on data analysis — building, acquiring, vetting, and analyzing data sets to find news and trends.

Recently, I joined the staff of The Wall Street Journal as Data News Editor in the Washington, D.C. bureau. Previously, I worked for USA TODAY, Gannett Digital and the Poughkeepsie Journal, where our teams won multiple journalism awards. I’m also a longtime member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and a frequent speaker and trainer at its conferences.

My first book, Practical SQL: A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling with Data, was published May 2018 by No Starch Press. I wrote it to help beginning SQL coders learn how to draw meaningful insights from everyday data.

Along with journalism, I’ve also worked in software product development. Through a grant from the Knight Foundation, I joined the IRE staff full-time in 2015-2016 to serve as director of product development for DocumentCloud. While there, I wrote pneumatic, a Python library for bulk-uploading documents, and fashioned a strategy for the platform’s long-term financial stability. After DocumentCloud, I worked for a small B2B publishing/events company, leading product development and content strategy.

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The most popular posts here document how to install Python on Windows. You’ll also find posts that range from writing tips for journalists to considerations for fashioning user experience.

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