I'm a graphics reporter at The Washington Post, where I use code and data to tell visual stories about politics, technology, crime and the environment.
I jumped-started my journalism career covering crime for The Indpendent Florida Alligator at the University of Florida. I've since reported for The Gainesville Sun, The Palm Beach Post and The Miami Herald.
My work has been recognized by the Malofiej Infographic World Summit, Society of News Design, Society of Professional Journalists, and Society of Advancing Business Editing and Writing.
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The self-driving industry has been saying a techno-utopia is just around the corner. But how close is that, really?
The federal government has tracked the path of every pain pill in the U.S. Here’s where they went and how they got there.
A visual analysis of the interactions between the candidates.
Explore the key phrases and names that appear throughout the 448-page document.
And what we still do not know.
A new collection of congressional candidate emblems emphasizes the importance of visual branding on the road to office.
A real-time breakdown of what the networks displayed during the hearing in their caption panels.
Rats are overrunning D.C., and the city has tried everything from dry ice to solar trash cans to control the population.
The many countries represented on national team rosters at soccer’s marquee quadrennial event reveal a connected planet and some creative definitions of "home."
The National Rifle Association was a sporting association. Amid the rapid social upheaval of 1968, it began its transformation into a powerful political force.
As big chains gobble up small TV stations, merged newsrooms are creating a uniformity of news coverage.
In China and India, men outnumber women by 70 million. Both nations are belatedly trying to come to grips with the policies that created this male-heavy generation.
Among the hundreds of thousands of people who participated in the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. are the children, teenagers and young adults from a generation born after the Columbine shooting.
The live mobile game show’s popularity has soared since launching in August. But what makes winners and losers?
The places change, the numbers change, but the choice of weapon remains the same.
More than 90 nations competed for gold across 15 events in PyeongChang, South Korea. Norway came out on top with the most medals and tied with Germany for most golds.
Along the border, six construction companies have built eight border wall prototypes.
How the island’s troubled finances, weak electrical infrastructure and a Category 4 hurricane plunged 3.4 million people into an ongoing power blackout.
Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning in Puerto Rico.
After days of terrifying predictions, Irma arrived in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and on the Florida mainland Sunday afternoon.
Equifax announced Thursday that a data breach between May and July affected more than 140 million Americans. Such hacks can be devastating. Since 2005, they've grown to affect millions of people.
Millions of people are caught in the most extreme rain event in U.S. history
The attacks unfolded in Barcelona and a Catalan costal town.
We called the offices of every House member to find out whether they are holding town halls during the August recess.
From 1970 to 2016: 5,215 people died from bombings. 2,463 from assassinations. 2,270 from assaults. 957 from hostage situations. 183 from hijackings. 88 from building attacks. Thousands wounded or missing.
These photos show the extent of the damage from the war on Islamic State.
President Trump announced a revised Cuba policy plan Friday afternoon that will enact tighter restrictions on financial transactions between U.S. companies and citizens and Cuba’s military and intelligence services as well as roll back a travel provision outlined by President Barack Obama.
The United States has lost millions of factory jobs, but in the last few years, some have come back. Can more return?
How the vote has shifted
How the vote has shifted
See what voters are thinking about the presidential race, plus explore demographic shifts in the polls.
From selecting pictures to verifying sources, every fact about a candidate is nitpicked to perfection by a small army of volunteer editors.
Based on new Census Bureau data about how much the median family earns, we can tell whether that state is red, blue or somewhere in between.
You’d need nearly 700 million table tennis balls to cover the surface of the golf course in Rio. Here’s a look at the scale of the courts and equipment of the summer games.
While they are nonbinding, platforms approved at conventions since 1856 have given a quadrennial snapshot of where the parties were headed on current issues. Over time the platforms grew, tracking policy changes and, sometimes, reversals.
Florida's two presidential candidates have been whittled to one: Sen. Marco Rubio is the last man standing after former Gov. Jeb Bush dropped his bid for president despite raising $80 million more than Rubio, his one-time protégé.
A Miami Herald investigation of Lowell Correctional Institution
More than 200,000 people ride a bus in Miami-Dade every day, making it the busiest arm of the county’s mass-transit system. However, not all passengers enjoy the ride.
Members of the Bal Harbour police and Glades County Sheriff's Office struck deals with criminal organizations across the country in what grew into the largest state undercover money-laundering investigation in years.
It's an industry that seemingly can do no wrong in the eyes of regulators. That's because for-profit colleges in Florida are mostly self-regulated. A look at how these colleges came to flourish in Florida.
Deadly abuse in Florida's prisons
One of the worst measles outbreaks in 20 years has swept the country. Once declared eradicated in the United States, more than 750 people in almost 30 states have contracted the disease since last year.