News developer Chris Zubak-Skees is equal parts coder and journalist.
A graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology with a journalism and computer science education, he served as a reporting fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, and as online production manager, reporter and news editor at RIT Reporter magazine.
Projects he contributed to have won Loeb, Goldsmith and Philip Meyer awards, as well as a bronze at Malofiej. His work at the Center focuses on communicating investigative journalism through data-driven apps and graphics.
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The frightening scenes of urban unrest in Baltimore, and in Ferguson Missouri before that, reflect a long-smoldering distrust of police in African-American communities nationwide. A lot of departments, Baltimore’s among them, have made substantive strides in recent years increasing diversity. But Census Bureau statistics also indicate that police in many of America’s largest cities still don’t reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.