About the Author

Hello! I’m the author of Practical SQL: A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling with Data from No Starch Press. I’m working on a second edition for release in early 2022.

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 data journalist or content/product person 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.

I started this site in 2009. Newer blog posts focus on SQL and topics related to my book. In the past, I’ve written 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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