Chris Zubak-Skees

Developer, Designer, Journalist

data processing and visualization

2022 election results

For the midterm elections, I built scrapers to power live election night predictions, visualized model results, contributed to data pipelines, analyzed FEC data and prototyped and refined a find-your-district personalization feature.

map

He Tore Down Motels Where Poor Residents Lived During a Housing Crisis

Designed and developed a scrollytelling map of the properties bought by a Reno developer for this ProPublica investigative project.

mobile app

STAT News

For STAT, built a mobile app for iOS and Android to showcase their stories and better engage mobile readers. The app lets readers follow their favorite topics and reporters, save stories for later reading and login with their STAT+ account.

data processing and graphics

Laid off: 5 million jobs and counting

For fun, built this interactive graphic to showcase data collected by an open source Big Local News project to scrape layoff notices from all 50 states. Contributed open source scrapers to the project for several states as a volunteer.

data processing & analysis

What first-quarter fundraising can tell us about 2020

To show the state of presidential money, crunched the data behind this graphics story designed and developed by Julia Wolfe of FiveThirtyEight. The analysis used Python code and relied on a real-time SQL database of campaign finance information.

data processing

Public financial disclosure parser

Built a tool that helped newsrooms compile databases of Trump officials' financial histories. This was used to report a daily story by the New York Times, to build ProPublica's Trump Town news app and to report an award-winning national radio story with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

fun

Suggested poems for Gmail

Released on April Fools' Day 2020, this browser extension replaced Gmail’s Smart Replies with lines of poetry. It was enjoyed by many, including Gmail project manager Paul Lambert, who wrote, “This is amazing. I wish we had thought of it!” It was mentioned on Lifehacker and The Verge.

graphics & analysis

You donated to kids with cancer. This Vegas telemarketer cashed in.

Analyzed a universe of PACs that raised from small-dollar donors and spent mostly on themselves. Zeroed into one telemarketer's charitable solicitation operation with a reporter. Built graphics to tell the story.

design & graphics

Abandoned in America

This was an ambitious multi-part series on the places and people with little political clout. Designed and developed the presentation, as well as overseeing data analysis and graphics production.

fun

Can you point to Ukraine on a map?

Created a quick Serverless API and Observable notebook for this interactive knowledge test which asked users to point to Ukraine after a cabinet secretary asked an NPR anchor if she could. It received a million attempts, only 300,000 of which were from bots.

story design

Death in the Trench

Designed the presentation for this striking story on a preventable death and what it says about workplace safety enforcement.

app

Find your state legislators' financial interests

Helped a reporting team collect, track and input data from nearly every state legislator's financial disclosure in the country, then built an app using DocumentCloud to search and view the disclosures.

analysis & graphics

Wilbur Ross will shepherd Trump’s trade policy. He also owns ships.

Built a map using Mapbox.js to display millions of ship locations collected by satellites, found a cabinet secretary's shipping firm docked in Iran at the height of sanctions, designed graphics for the resulting story.