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Wes Basel

Wes Basel
Basel is the production team lead for the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program at the U.S. Census Bureau. He has 18 years of experience estimating economic and demographic concepts at the state and county levels, in both government and private consulting venues. Originally from Kansas, Basel has a master’s degree in economics from American University.
Ron Campbell

Ron Campbell
Campell is a staff writer for The Orange County Register. He began his journalism career at the (Fairfield, Calif.) Daily Republic and later reported for The Bakersfield Californian. In addition to his once-a-decade census assignments, he founded the paper’s computer-assisted reporting program and has covered immigration, fraud, charity, campaign finance and the trade in human body parts.
Dennis Cauchon

Dennis Cauchon
Cauchon has been a reporter and editor at USA TODAY since 1987. He was a business reporter for a decade before becoming a national reporter. He has covered a wide range of issues, including personal finance, the O.J. Simpson trial and the World Trade Center attacks. He now covers economic and other issues for the News section of USA TODAY. Cauchon did a journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in 1996-97. He previously worked at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., the Sun-Herald in Biloxi, Miss., and Foster's Daily Democrat in his hometown of Dover, N.H. Cauchon graduated from the University of New Hampshire.
Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen
Cohen holds the Knight Chair at Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, where she teaches public policy and directs the Reporter’s Lab, a site to create, host and research new methods in public affairs reporting to bring the latest techniques to reporters. Cohen worked as a reporter and editor for nearly 20 years, most of that time specializing in computer-assisted reporting. She was a member of investigative reporting teams at The Washington Post for more than 10 years, where she shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors' board of directors and an adviser to the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting.
D’Vera Cohn

D’Vera Cohn
Cohn is a senior writer at the Pew Research Center, focusing on demographics, social trends and immigration. She also manages the center’s “All Things Census” page. She was a reporter at The Washington Post for 21 years, mainly writing about demographics, and was the newspaper’s lead reporter for the 2000 Census. A former Nieman fellow, she has spoken at national journalism conferences about using census data.
Art Cresce

Art Cresce
Cresce, the assistant division chief for Housing Characteristics at the Census Bureau, has held a variety of positions with the bureau since 1973. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs at George Washington University, a master’s in demography at Georgetown and a Ph.D. in policy sciences at the University of Maryland.
Steve Doig

Steve Doig
Doig is the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, specializing in computer-assisted reporting. He worked for19 years at the Miami Herald where he was part of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for a project that showed how weak building codes and poor construction practices contributed to excessive property damage during Hurricane Andrew. Doig is a political science graduate of Dartmouth College. He also graduated from, and later taught at, the Defense Information School and spent a year as a combat correspondent for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star for his service. He conducts computer-assisted training sessions around the globe.
Ronald Farrar

Ronald Farrar
Farrar started at the Census Bureau 1998. He became chief of the Health Care and Consumer Services Branch in 2006. In this role, Farrar and his staff are responsible for reviewing data received from more than 70,000 companies responding to the Service Annual Survey and producing industry estimates from this data. Prior to joining the Census Bureau, Farrar served in the U.S. Air Force.
Rob Gebeloff

Rob Gebeloff
Gebeloff is a database projects editor at The New York Times, where he specializes in demographics and education. Gebeloff was a computer-assisted reporting editor for seven years at The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., and also ran the CAR program at The Bergen Record in the late 1990s. He previously worked for newspapers in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Katie Genadek

Katie Genadek
Genadek is a research assistant on the IPUMS user support core at the Minnesota Population Center. She has been an IPUMS user since 2003 and has worked on the IPUMS-USA and IPUMS-CPS projects. She currently directs IPUMS outreach and dissemination efforts. Genadek is pursuing a Ph.D. in applied economics at the University of Minnesota.
Joe Germuska

Joe Germuska
Germuska is a news application developer for the Chicago Tribune, where he brings nearly 20 years of Web development experience to a team that fosters innovation in investigation and publishing. Before coming to the Tribune, Germuska led the software development team at an interactive marketing agency in Chicago. He began his career in Northwestern University's Instructional Technology Group. He also is a volunteer DJ at WNUR-FM.
Joe Kafchinski

Joe Kafchinski
Kafchinski is a statistician in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division, where he works to produce and disseminate statistics on U.S. international trade and help data users find and understand the large volume of data available. He has a degree in management science and statistics from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University.
Ron Nixon

Ron Nixon
Nixon is correspondent for The New York Times. Based in the paper’s Washington bureau, he specializes in computer-assisted reporting and investigative reporting, using traditional reporting techniques and tools such as databases, mapping and statistical software, and computer programming to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information. He worked on the Times business desk before coming to Washington. Prior to joining the Times in 2005, Nixon was a computer-assisted reporting editor and member of the Minneapolis (Minn.) Star Tribune’s investigative team. He previously served as training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and worked as an investigative reporter at the Roanoke (Va.) Times and editor of Southern Exposure magazine, an investigative magazine based in Durham, N.C.
Paul Overberg

Paul Overberg
Overberg is a database editor at USA TODAY and a member of its data team. He helps shape the paper’s demographic coverage with data analysis, mapping and stories. He has conducted demographic workshops for journalists on behalf of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of News Editors and other organizations. He works with USA TODAY journalists on a range of other topics, including research, analysis and presentation. Previously, he was a reporter and editor at Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C., and at The Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J.
Christopher Pece

Christopher Pece
Pece is the senior technical adviser for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Governments Division. He previously managed both the Census of Governments and many of its related annual and quarterly programs, specifically the Annual Survey of State Government Finances, the Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections and the Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Revenues. He worked at the Census Bureau on several important economic indicators, including retail sales and business inventories, before moving to the Governments Division in 2004. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Tom Rex

Tom Rex
Rex is the associate director of the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research, a unit of the L. William Seidman Research Institute in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The center administers the Productivity and Prosperity Project: An Analysis of Economic Competitiveness and the Office of the University Economist. It also conducts research projects under sponsorship of private businesses, nonprofit organizations, government entities and other ASU units, specializing in applied economic and demographic research with a geographic emphasis on Arizona and the metropolitan Phoenix area. Rex received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo and his master’s in business administration from ASU.
Timothy Winters

Timothy Winters
Winters is the chief of the Retail Indicators Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau. He is responsible for managing the data collection, economic analysis and dissemination of two leading economic indicators in the U.S. – Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (MARTS) and Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales (MTIS). Winters holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.