Maureen Linke

I'm an interactive journalist based in Washington D.C.

Currently work at USA TODAY where I code, report and create interactive graphics and projects.

About

I am a storyteller who beleives that togther 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 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 degress in journalism.

In my spare time, I like to cook, travel, acquire too many shoes and spend time with family and friends.

Recent projects

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.

+Mapbox.js + TileMill + HTML + CSS

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.

+Filter.js + Mustache.js + HTML + CSS

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.

+D3.js + HTML + CSS

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.

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