Christine Zhang just joined the Financial Times to help lead their data reporting on the 2020 U.S. elections. Previously, she was a data journalist at The Baltimore Sun, where she used numbers, statistics and graphics to tell local news stories on a variety of topics, including police overtime, homicide patterns, population demographics, local and state politics — and even a series of plots visualizing the impressive performance of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Her goal is to make numbers more accessible to news audiences and reporters alike, empowering them to interrogate the data for themselves and to find stories lurking in spreadsheets. For The Baltimore Sun's project on child support system, she combined data on Maryland's more than 190,000 child support cases with demographic data at the ZIP code level, to pinpoint the Baltimore areas where child support debt, poverty, and incarceration intersect.
Prior to joining The Sun in 2018, she worked at Two Sigma in New York City, the Los Angeles Times in Los Angeles and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She has a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from Columbia University.