Chris Alcantara

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.

You can email me at . My PGP fingerprint is . My public key can be found here.

2019

Sept. 10

How does an autonomous car work? Not so great.

The self-driving industry has been saying a techno-utopia is just around the corner. But how close is that, really?

July 16

Drilling into the DEA's pain pill database

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.

June 28

All the interruptions, alignments and attacks of the Democratic debates

A visual analysis of the interactions between the candidates.

April 18

What's in the Mueller Report

Explore the key phrases and names that appear throughout the 448-page document.

Feb. 19

What we learned about Trumpworld outreach to Russia — and still do not know

And what we still do not know.

2018

Nov. 19

In a year of political logos, campaigns of all stripes prefer blue

A new collection of congressional candidate emblems emphasizes the importance of visual branding on the road to office.

Sept. 27

How cable news networks covered the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

A real-time breakdown of what the networks displayed during the hearing in their caption panels.

Aug. 23

Rat compaints are soaring, and D.C. is doubling down on its efforst to kill them

Rats are overrunning D.C., and the city has tried everything from dry ice to solar trash cans to control the population.

June 18

How foreign-born players put the "world" in World Cup

The many countries represented on national team rosters at soccer’s marquee quadrennial event reveal a connected planet and some creative definitions of "home."

May 29

How the NRA transformed from marksmen to lobbyists

The National Rifle Association was a sporting association. Amid the rapid social upheaval of 1968, it began its transformation into a powerful political force.

May 29

In this town, you can flip the channel all you want — the news is often the same

As big chains gobble up small TV stations, merged newsrooms are creating a uniformity of news coverage.

April 18

Too Many Men

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.

March 25

Meet the young protestors opposing gun violence, face to face

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.

March 5

Diving into HQ Trivia: The toughest rounds, the best time to play and how some users beat the odds

The live mobile game show’s popularity has soared since launching in August. But what makes winners and losers?

Feb. 14

The terrible numbers that grow with each mass shooting

The places change, the numbers change, but the choice of weapon remains the same.

Feb. 9

Winter Olympcs Medal Count

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.

2017

Oct. 31

A look at Trump’s border wall prototypes

Along the border, six construction companies have built eight border wall prototypes.

Oct. 11

After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was in the dark for 181 days, 6 hours and 45 minutes

How the island’s troubled finances, weak electrical infrastructure and a Category 4 hurricane plunged 3.4 million people into an ongoing power blackout.

Sept. 20

What’s in the path of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning in Puerto Rico.

Sept. 10

What’s in the path of Hurricane Maria

After days of terrifying predictions, Irma arrived in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and on the Florida mainland Sunday afternoon.

Sept. 7

How data breaches grew to massive proportions in 12 years

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.

Aug. 26

Flooding persists as Harvey downgraded to tropical depression

Millions of people are caught in the most extreme rain event in U.S. history

Aug. 17

What we know about the two vehicle attacks in Spain

The attacks unfolded in Barcelona and a Catalan costal town.

Aug. 11

Is your U.S. representative holding a town hall in August? Probably not.

We called the offices of every House member to find out whether they are holding town halls during the August recess.

July 17

46 years of terrorist attacks in Europe, visualized

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.

July 14

How war ravaged the city of Mosul, in satellite images

These photos show the extent of the damage from the war on Islamic State.

July 14

What’s changing – and not changing – in Trump’s new Cuba policy plan

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.

2016

Dec. 14

Manufacturing jobs are returning to some places. But these jobs are different.

The United States has lost millions of factory jobs, but in the last few years, some have come back. Can more return?

Nov. 9

Polls in many battleground states failed to accurately predict the election results, notably in two states key to Donald Trump's victory, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

How the vote has shifted

Nov. 8

2016 Election exit polls

How the vote has shifted

Oct. 27

Latest results from the Post-ABC presidential tracking poll

See what voters are thinking about the presidential race, plus explore demographic shifts in the polls.

Oct. 27

The most challenging job of the 2016 race: Editing the candidates' Wikipedia pages

From selecting pictures to verifying sources, every fact about a candidate is nitpicked to perfection by a small army of volunteer editors.

Sept. 16

The most challenging job of the 2016 race: Editing the candidates' Wikipedia pages

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.

Aug. 5

Sizing up the Olympics

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.

July 11

What Republicans and Democrats have disagreed on, from 1856 to today

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.

Feb. 21

Jeb and Marco: The 2016 Money Race

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.

2015

Dec. 15

Beyond Punishment: A Miami Herald investigation of Lowell Correctional Institution

A Miami Herald investigation of Lowell Correctional Institution

Nov. 5

What's wrong with Miami-Dade's bus routes?

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.

June 19

License to Launder: Cash, Cops and the Cartel

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.

April 23

Higher-Ed Hustle: A Miami Herald investigation into Florida's for-profit college industry

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.

March 15

Cruel and Unusual: Deadly abuse in Florida's prisons

Deadly abuse in Florida's prisons

Feb. 15

Half of Florida counties meet state's vaccination goal

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.