John Keefe

John Keefe is the Senior Editor for Data News. He's part of WNYC's Data News Team, which helps our journalists use and analyze data and also builds interactive maps, charts and data-driven projects. He tweets at @jkeefe.

John Keefe is the Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology at WNYC, New York Public Radio. Keefe infuses WNYC's journalism with data reporting and interactive news applications, including census analysis, map mashups, news charts and SMS-based crowdsourcing projects. 
Keefe builds maps and interactives using a combination of his own coding and free, online tools. In the spirit of public media, and in the public interest, Keefe also shares his processes so that others might learn from and build on them.

Previously, Keefe led WNYC's news operation for nine years and grew its capacity for breaking news, election coverage and investigative reporting. His career also includes time as a police reporter at two Wisconsin daily newspapers, as science editor for Discovery Channel Online and as president of a small digital production company.



Keefe also teaches in the Journalism + Design program at The New School university in New York.

Previously, Keefe led WNYC's news operation for nine years and grew its capacity for breaking news, election coverage and investigative reporting. His career also includes work as a police reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal and the Racine Journal Times, as science editor for Discovery Channel Online and as president of a small digital production company. He is a former member of the Online News Association board of directors and was an advisor in the creation of CensusReporter, a data tool for journalists. 



John Keefe appears in the following:

Take a Tour of the New St. Pat's

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A major restoration of the cathedral was expedited for the pope's visit this month. Hear our tour with the rector and an architect, and slide back and forth on a before and after photo.

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In or Out? Test Your Line-Judge Skills

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The quarterfinals of the U.S. Open start today, and if you can't make it to Queens, the Wall Street Journal has a cool way to experience the action — by judging if a ball is in or out.


Neighbor Complaints Higher When Neighborhood Boundaries Are 'Fuzzy'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A new study of 311 calls suggests greater conflict in racial and ethnic transition zones.

NYC's Hottest Subway Stations, Mapped

Thursday, July 30, 2015

We took temperatures at 103 platforms during Wednesday evening's rush. Here are the results.

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Data Journalism in Action: ProPublica's Surgeon Scorecard

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

An example of how numbers can make a story extremely personal.


Timeline: The Year Since Eric Garner Died

Friday, July 17, 2015

A look at major events at the intersection of race and policing.

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Sex, Fireworks and 311 Calls

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

When it comes to samples, size matters.


What's in the Air as You Cycle City Streets?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fine particles of black carbon are linked to a wide array of heart, respiratory and other health problems. WNYC and Columbia want to know how those air particles affect bike commuters.

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Where New York City Kids Are Not Getting Vaccinated

Friday, April 03, 2015

WNYC is the first to obtain access to vaccination rates in the largest public school system in the U.S. And now, you can look them up.

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'Just Vote Already' Boosts Bronx Turnout

Monday, March 30, 2015

WNYC's get-out-the-vote experiment in one election district yields promising results.

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6 Killed in Metro-North Crash in Westchester

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A crowded Harlem Line train crashed into a Mercedes SUV in Valhalla on Tuesday evening, creating a fatal explosion — and the deadliest incident in the railroad's history.
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De Blasio Warns of Historic Blizzard

Monday, January 26, 2015

The mayor says accumulation could hit three feet, with winds gusts of 50 miles an hour, making for one of the nastiest snowstorms on record.


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Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

7:00 PM

Wed, Jan. 14 | SOLD OUT. Join New Tech City for a digital detox that will help you reclaim the time you spend on your phone and use it to rediscover the creative benefits of boredom.

NYPD Arrests Increase Slightly

Monday, January 12, 2015

Latest NYPD stats show an increase in total arrests last week, but tickets are still dramatically lower than last year.

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Resisting Arrest in Black and White

Friday, December 12, 2014

Records show police are far more likely to file resisting arrest charges against blacks than whites — another sign of the troubled relationship between communities of color and the NYPD.

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We're Charting Your Thoughts on Climate Change

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Yorkers' opinions are as diverse as the city itself — from hopelessness to optimism to disbelief.  

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Cool Enough For Ya?

Friday, August 15, 2014

The number of scorchers this year is down drastically from years past. The mercury has reached 90 degrees just four days this summer, while New York City typically experienced at least 15 hotter days in each of the past four years. 

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Breaking Down Rangel's (Slim) Lead

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Congressman Charlie Rangel has declared victory in New York's 13th congressional district Democratic primary. But he only leads Adriano Espaillat by about two thousand votes, and a significant number of absentee ballots have yet to be counted. WNYC political reporter Brigid Bergin and Data News team's John Keefe break down the politics and data of the super-close race.

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Puerto Rican Voters Could Elect the First Dominican Congressman

Friday, June 06, 2014


State Senator Adriano Espaillat is gaining big-time support in the race to represent East Harlem's congressional district, which has some of the city's highest concentrations of Dominican and Puerto Rican voters. But he’s up against major seniority: Rep. Charlie Rangel, who’s been serving Harlem for 40 years. 


Clock Your Sleep: Findings and Teams

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

As a group, the over 4,600 Clock Your Sleep participants got more sleep in the fourth week than in the first week fo the project. WNYC's data news team senior editor John Keefe discusses the findings from the first month of the project. Plus, sleep team captains leading a two-week challenge to get an extra hour of sleep join the conversation to pitch why you should join their sleep team. 

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