Hello. My name is Ben Welsh. I’m a native Iowan living in Los Angeles.
I am a journalist, 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 am the editor of a team called the Data Desk 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 favorably mentioned by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism School, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Poynter Institute, Nieman Journalism Lab, ProPublica, O'Reilly Radar, Mashable, alternative weeklies, real estate blogs, conservative talk radio and the foreign press.
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