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NY Times announces election data analytics team


The following excerpt was sent out from The New York Times‘ assistant managing editor for data journalism Matt Ericson:

William Davis

To lead the team this election cycle, the Business desk has let us borrow William Davis through November. Will joined The Times in 2015 on the News Platforms team, working with the Scoop and news products teams on a wide variety of projects, including serving as the product lead for the development of our new photo tools for the newsroom. In 2020, he returned to his editing roots, working as an assistant editor on the Business desk.

Before The Times, Will oversaw product and technology at The Bangor Daily News, where he led efforts to tabulate results from federal, state and local races in every precinct in Maine and to build a model to help call races. The newspaper was the leading source of election news for the state and syndicated its results to The A.P. and to Reuters.

Ilana Marcus

Also on the team is Ilana Marcus, who joined The Times full-time in May as a developer working on acquiring the data needed to power an accurate election-night model, such as real-time, precinct-level results. Ilana first worked with The Times as a contractor in 2020 building data feeds for exit polls. After the election, she worked with the Covid data acquisition team, where she helped maintain more than 300 scrapers as part of our Pulitzer-winning effort to be a comprehensive source of data on the virus’s spread.

Prior to The Times, Ilana was the investigative data editor at CQ Roll Call, and before that a Knight data fellow at The Washington Post, where she integrated machine-generated chat updates into The Post’s 2018 election night livestream. She has a degree in computer science from Tufts and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern.

Irineo Cabreros

Irineo Cabreros joined in July as staff editor for statistical modeling. He comes to us from the RAND Corporation, where he was a statistician who supported research in a diverse range of domains, including health care, incarceration, substance use and military personnel.

Irineo completed a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Princeton in 2020, where he developed methods for analyzing high-dimensional genomic datasets. In 2018, Irineo wrote for the science desk at Slate Magazine as a mass media fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ruth Igielnik

Ruth Igielnik joined the team last week as staff editor for news surveys. Ruth comes to us from the Pew Research Center, where she was a senior researcher. Ruth is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and serves on its Transparency Initiative committee, which encourages more-transparent research methodologies. She has a master’s in public policy from Carnegie Mellon and a degree in political science from the University of Maryland.

The team is partnering closely with Politics and other desks on polling, and with the teams in Graphics, Interactive News and Digital News Design that design and build our election results pages.

Matt Ericson





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