Rachel Alexander



Rachel Alexander is a health and social services reporter for The Spokesman-Review. She's used public data to report on statewide trends in heroin overdoses and create a tool showing the pavement quality of every block in Spokane.


Katie Gillespie



Katie Gillespie is the education reporter at The Columbian, where she juggles three large K-12 school districts, two colleges and state education policy. Gillespie recently returned to the education beat after spending about two years covering county government for the daily newspaper. 


Kate Martin


Kate Martin is the business watchdog reporter for The News Tribune. Her passion for data and open records has led her to documents that the city wanted to keep hidden, and to reports on Tacoma's use of mass cell phone surveillance equipment. Her work has led to the creation of two state laws and the resignation of three elected officials.


Vanessa Martínez



Vanessa Martínez is a digital editor at the Los Angeles Times and a former news producer at The Seattle Times. In addition to keeping the newspaper's homepage up-to-date and managing its social media platforms, she builds interactives and works on web design for some enterprise stories. Previously, she was a print page designer at the Southern California News Group.


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Steve Doig


Steve Doig was the founding Knight Chair in Journalism, specializing in data reporting, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism of Arizona State University. Before joining ASU in 1996, he was Associate Editor/Research of the Miami Herald, where he worked for 20 years. Various data analysis projects on which he worked at The Herald and at ASU have won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Investigative Reporters & Editors Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award for Medical Reporting, and other recognition. He has done dozens of data workshops for journalists around the world.


Kai Teoh



Kai Teoh is a web developer at the Spokesman-Review, where he's built a custom craft beer recommendation app and a game showing how hard it is to immigrate to the U.S. He has previously worked at the St. Cloud Times and the Journal News.


Emily M. Eng



Emily M. Eng is a news graphics artist at The Seattle Times. She specializes in science visualizations — from data-driven graphs and charts to illustrations. She previously worked at National Geographic Magazine. See some of her work at


Thomas Wilburn



Thomas Wilburn is a data journalist for the Seattle Times, where he creates cutting-edge news apps and tools on the Interactives team. He's also the Director of Interactive Media for Urban Artistry. He's been a guest lecturer at The University of Washington, worked at ArenaNet (makers of Guild Wars 2) and Big Fish Games, ran the Multimedia Team at Congressional Quarterly, and produced educational audio and video for the World Bank Institute. See some of his work at