Ben Welsh

Hello. My name is Ben Welsh. I’m a native Iowan living in Los Angeles.

I am a reporter, albeit an unconventional one. I specialize in what some people call computer-assisted reporting, and some others call data journalism. Journalists in the past were often hack novelists. I'm a hack computer programmer. I write code to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information.

I work at the Los Angeles Times, a daily newspaper and 24-hour website based in Southern California. Before working at The Times, I worked on investigative projects at The Center for Public Integrity, helped produce long-form documentaries for cable channels like CNN, and pitched in on some television and newspaper reporting.

I earned a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism — where I worked at the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR). I received my undergraduate training at DePaul University in Chicago.

I am also the editor and publisher of PastPages, an archive dedicated to the preservation of online news, and a co-founder of the California Civic Data Coalition, a team of developers dedicated to opening up public data.

My professional work has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, O'Reilly Radar, Columbia Journalism School, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Poynter Institute, Nieman Journalisma> Lab, Mashable, alternative weeklies, real estate blogs, conservative talk radio and the foreign press.

Elsewhere on the site you can find samples of my programming work, my news clips and my public-speaking engagements.

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 •  Programming with Python, Perl and Ruby
 •  Database-driven web development with Django
 •  Database administration with PostgreSQL, MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server
 •  UI development with JavaScript, CSS and HTML5 web standards
 •  Development and deployment with Rackspace, Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine
 •  Online cartography with GeoDjango, PostGIS, TileMill and JavaScript UI libraries
 •  Data visualization with D3 and other browser-based libraries
 •  Getting it done on deadline
 •  2012 California Newspaper Publishers Assn, Winner, Best Coverage of Local Government