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:

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.

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

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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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