Maureen Linke

I'm journalist based in Washington D.C.

Currently work at the Associated Press where I code, report and create interactive graphics and projects.


I am a storyteller who believes that together technology and journalism can greatly impact our world.

My passions lie in reporting, coding and working with smart people. Our world is overwhelmed by data and it's our jobs as journalists to make sense of it all. That's where data visualization comes in.

I enjoy creating interactive graphics and projects that tell a story with data, words, multimedia, etc. I'm particularly interested in mapping and charting.

Prior to working at USA TODAY, I interned and worked at CNN in Atlanta. I have received awards from various news organizations, including Society of News Design, Online News Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. I was also selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in Gannett's Talent Development program, a highly competitive training program for promising college graduates seeking to launch their media careers at Gannett. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where I received both my bachelor and master degrees in journalism.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, running races and exploring as many places as possible.

Recent projects

Child sex assaults dominate military prison population

November 2015

In the military prison system, the largest cohort of prisoners are in for sex crimes against children, an Associated Press investigation found. Since the beginning of 2015, children were the victims in at least 116 out of 269 military sexual assault cases

Underscore.js + HTML + CSS

Betrayed by the Badge

November 2015

As part of a three-day interactive series, the AP examined the problem of sexual misconduct and sex crimes committed by law enforcement officers in the U.S. Each day was rolled out seperately in the interactive which featured audio, video interviews, etc.

Underscore.js + HTML + CSS

Twin Addiction

Oct. 2015

Twin sisters on the road to recovery tell their stories of coping with addiction. Reporter Martha Irvine supplied the various multimedia elements.

Underscore.js + HTML + CSS

Candidate Tracker

February 2015

The 2016 presidential field started out very crowded, particularly from the Republican party side. This interactive outlined the careers of declared candidates in to highlight their variety of experience.

+D3.js + Underscore.js + HTML + CSS

2016 Field Guide

February 2015

The 2016 presidential field started out very crowded, particularly from the Republican party side. This interactive outlined the careers of declared candidates in to highlight their variety of experience.

+D3.js + Underscore.js + HTML + CSS

History of data breaches

December 2014

It seemed that every other month a new data breach was being uncovered. This interactive tracks the latest breaches, with the circle size representing the number of records compromised.

Underscore.js + HTML + CSS

USA TODAY's Election Forecast

September 2014

With more than 1,300 candidates, 507 races, top-line campaign finance data and poll averages for select races, the 2014 midterm elections forecast was a success across platforms. Every U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial race was featured and included bios, photos, total receipts and poll averages. I created the responsive maps, balance of power bars and campaign finance/polling charts - mainly utilizing D3.

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Brooklyn's tangled Medicare web

July 2014

USA TODAY analysis revealed that some of Medicare's top-earning specialists were in the same New York City borough and sharing thousands of Medicare patients in volumes much higher than the norm. The network diagram visualized the number of referrals between the doctors. Data journalist Megan Hoyer provided the combined Medicare and referral data from which I created the chord diagram using D3.

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Fugitives cross state lines to freedom

March 2014

Across the United States, police and prosecutors are allowing tens of thousands of wanted felons — including more than 3,300 people accused of sexual assaults, robberies and homicides — to escape justice merely by crossing a state border, a USA TODAY investigation found.

+Leaflet.js + Highcharts.js + HTML + CSS

Healthcare Metal Plans map

November 2013

Health care costs and the number of "metal" plan options can vary depending on where you live. This interactive explores the number and pricing for different plans, by county.

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20 years of books that topped USA TODAY's list

October 2013

More than 360 books have enjoyed the view from the top of USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list since its launch in October 1993. This interactive explores all the list's No. 1 titles, ranking the books by the most time spent at the number one spot.

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Monthly unemployment figures

August 2013

This interactive charts two of the most important economic indicators - monthly unemployment rate and job gains. It is updated automatically through the Buerau of Labor Statistics API.

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USA TODAY Oscar Prediction Scorecard

February 2013

Our Scorecard featured a mashup of USA TODAY research plus the wisdom of our Red Carpet-savvy staff. We studied 20 years of Best Picture nominees and winners to find which pre-Oscar awards were the best at predicting the ultimate winner.

The Trayvon Martin case: A multimedia timeline

August 2012

Almost weekly dumps of new evidence in the Trayvon Martin case presented a wealth of material to tell a new story on what was known after six months. By weaving together police audio, 911 calls and personal interviews, we were able to construct a timeline using multimedia elements.

Locked Up, But Innocent

June 2012

A USA TODAY investigation identified more than 60 people who were imprisoned for something an appeals court later determined was not a federal crime. This interactive explainer details the case of Terrell McCullum, a former prisoner.