Chris Alcantara

I am a graphics reporter at The Washington Post, where I use code and data to tell visual stories about politics, the environment, crime and technology.

I previously worked as a news developer at the Miami Herald. I worked on projects about suspicious deaths in Florida's prisons, a police department that laundered money for drug cartels, residents complaining about Miami's public transit system and the changing housing market across South Florida.

I graduated, with honors, from the University of Florida in 2014. I got my start in journalism working at The Independent Florida Alligator, UF's student newspaper.

My work has been recognized by the Malofiej Infographic World Summit, Society of News Design, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Society of Advancing Business Editing and Writing.

Talk to me about books, music and Florida. You can also reach me at chris [at] chrisalcantara [dot] us.


Here are some of my favorite tools I use for my daily work. I'm always looking for new and efficient things that'll help me improve my work, so feel free to reach out with new tools.


  • Bash
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • R
  • SQL


  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Emacs
  • Git
  • Google Suite
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Observable Notebooks
  • QGIS
  • Unix