We couldn’t be more excited to announce that we’ll soon have a new member joining Thunderdome’s data team. MaryJo Webster, the computer-assisted reporting editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, will become our new senior data reporter.
An exceptionally talented and experienced analytic and investigative journalist, MaryJo will bring a critical new dimension to the data team. She will be charged with spearheading national data reporting projects for the DFM network, as well as leading a more in-depth training effort. She will also be able to guide data analysis projects that originate within Thunderdome.
If you aren’t familiar with MaryJo’s work, here’s a little bit of background. She has been the computer-assisted reporting editor at the Pioneer Press since 2005. Her work there has earned a handful of awards, including the 2012 investigative journalism DFMie. She also teaches a data reporting class at the University of Minnesota. Previously, she worked as the sports database editor at USA Today, the database editor at The Center for Public Integrity and the data library manager at Investigative Reporters and Editors.
MaryJo started her career as a reporter and, later, assistant city editor, at small newspapers in New Ulm, Minn. and Oshkosh, Wis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She and her husband, Jamey, live in Arden Hills, Minn., with their 5-year-old twins, Benjamin and Madeline.
MaryJo, who will work from her home in Minnesota, officially starts with us on Feb. 3, although she’ll spend the coming weeks wrapping up projects for the Pioneer Press and gradually transitioning to our team.
Please welcome MaryJo to our team.