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Joanna Lin

Joanna Lin

Data Reporter

The Center for Investigative Reporting

San Francisco Bay Area

I strive to help people understand the everyday, the obscure and each other. As a data reporter, I look for ways that information can be structured and analyzed to reveal problems, add context and inform actions. I'm very comfortable using PostgreSQL and Excel to analyze data. I am not afraid of the command line, and I am al...

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The Center for Investigative Reporting

Data Reporter

• Exposed a national retailer for repeatedly selling lead-tainted jewelry. Reporting resulted in the retailer removing jewelry nationwide; the California attorney general citing the retailer; and an amendment to state law that subjected repeat offenders of lead safety regulations to greater financial penalties.

• Examined the persistent problem of school administrators assigning thousands of teachers to classes they are unqualified and not certified to teach. Data analysis showed that the problem primarily affects low-income, Latino students at low-performing schools. It also exposed errors in state data that resulted in the state correcting prior publications and adding quality control measures to its reporting process.

• Revealed California’s failure to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in promised funding to K-12 schools whose dilapidated facilities pose health and safety hazards to students, teachers and staff.

• Analyzed and contextualized local government employee compensation in California for award-winning interactive database and stories.

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