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:

Tackling Voting Obstacles at the Polls with ‘Electionland’

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Electionland" takes on voting issues through crowdsourced tracking.


Makers in the Making

Friday, September 30, 2016

Turns out, it is actually not hard or expensive to make a sensing, communicating object yourself. 


'Electionland' Wants to Empower Voters at the Polls

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

“Electionland” alerts reporters of any issues that voters encounter at their polling places in real time. 

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Tracking the Temperatures on the Harlem Heat Island

Friday, July 08, 2016

In the midst of the city's first official heat wave this year, hear how you can get involved in WNYC's study to track temperatures in Harlem apartments with no air conditioning.

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How Hot Is Harlem?

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

This summer, WNYC and its partners are measuring heat and humidity in un-air-conditioned apartments in Upper Manhattan. It's not about the weather. It's about public health. 

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The Brooklyn Voter Purge: By Age, Registration and Sanders Districts

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WNYC obtained the list of purged voters in Brooklyn, and found that Hispanics were disproportionally represented. Here's what else we found.

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Latino Voters Hit Hardest By Brooklyn Voter Purge

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

When mapped by election district, an analysis by member station WNYC shows that Hispanic voters were disproportionately purged from the rolls when compared with all other groups.


Hispanic Voters Disproportionately Purged from Voter Rolls

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WNYC reporters explain their investigation into the recent Brooklyn voter roll purge, which shows that Hispanic voters in District 7 were hit hardest.

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Brooklyn Voter Purge Hit Hispanics Hardest

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WNYC analyzed 120,000 names dropped from the voter rolls before April's presidential primary. We found that Hispanic voters were removed at a higher rate than all other groups.

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What We Learned When 25,000 People Tried to Fight Information Overload

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What we learned through a week of experimenting with information overload interventions.

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While You Were Away, Officials Dumped Data

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

New numbers and emails released at year's end.


The Inexact Science of Calculating Carbon Footprints

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Several organizations offer online tools to total up your carbon emissions. But they don't all give the same answers. 

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An Uneven Recovery from Sandy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

In some New York City neighborhoods, more than half of eligible home construction projects are underway. In others, it's as few as 10 percent.  

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6,000 Prisoners Will Be Freed This Weekend. Here’s What to Know...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Most of them are drug offenders, but very few will be coming to New York. Still, critics of the move are raising concerns. WNYC and the Marshall Project put the release in perspective.

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New York Leads in Shielding Police Misconduct

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New York state has one of the most restrictive laws in the nation governing public access to police disciplinary records. Our 50-state survey shows it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Where One Neighborhood Ends and Another Begins

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

DNAInfo found that its readers disagreed about their neighborhoods' boundaries. WNYC's John Keefe talks about why it matters where one neighborhood ends and another one begins.

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Where the Heck Is Hell's Kitchen?

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

New York is a city of neighborhoods — but where those neighborhoods begin and end isn't entirely clear. DNAinfo asked its readers to crowdsource the boundaries, and the results are in.

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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.