Hello
I'm Luke.

I'm a
journalist + programmer
from San Francisco
I write
functional + adaptive
code
and investigate
empathetic + engaging
stories.
Here's some of my recent work:

Pills, Coal & Needles

In 2015, I spent July 4th weekend hitchhiking through southern West Virginia in search of stories about the region's opiate epidemic. The result of my reporting made Narrative.ly's "Best of 2015" list as one of their 5 most popular stories.

Read it here
Narrative.ly

Seismograph

Seismograph is a data visualization blog where I store projects written in D3.js. It's build using the Ruby-based Middleman static site generator with Require.js and Underscore.js.

Visit Site View on Github  
Seismograph.co

Lyme Disease Likelihood

This project tracks where, across the US, people are most likely to contract Lyme Disease. Map-based, it utilizies 2015 CDC data and is built atop the CanJS clientside JavaScript framework with help from D3.js, C3.js, TopoJson and Leaflet.js to render the maps and visualize the data.

Visit Site View on Github  
Seismograph.co

Voices Of Justice

Voices of Justice focuses on raising awareness of California's correctional crisis through the stories of its inmates and prison employees. I conceived the project, built the website and wrote all the articles. Voices of Justice was funded through Kickstarter.com and is published on The Huffington Post.

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Voices Of Justice

On The Road

Built using PHP, JavaScript and the Google Maps API, On The Road is a mobile-first, map-based WordPress theme. It was designed with the traveler in mind, allowing bloggers to easily tag posts to a customizable map as they're being written. Readers can then access posts via the map and browse via content-specific markers.

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On The Road

Kickback Tickets

Kickback Tickets is a crowdfunding platform for events. I was contracted to redesign and code their website's UX. Upon project completion, I was hired full-time to manage their marketing strategy.

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Kickback Tickets
Résumé

Luke Whyte

Summary

Over six years of experience working as a programmer, data journalist and designer in fast-paced tech and online media environments that require exceptional problem solving, programming and data visualization skills. Self-starter that embraces hard work, feedback and personal responsibility in the workplace. Seeking to obtain a challenging position where my experience can be utilized and my skill set broadened.

Technical Skills

JavaScript, Python, PHP, React.js, Node.js, D3.js, HighCharts, Angular.js, Can.js, Qunit, Mocha.js, Wordpress, MVC, OOP, Statistics, HTML5, CSS3, Single-page apps, Leaflet.js & Photoshop

Employment Experience

Data Journalism Fellow • Austin, TX
Texas Tribune • Aug. 2016 – Now

Tasked with quickly constructing charts and graphics using D3js, HTML and CSS, writing web scrapers with Python for longer investigative projects, and opening lines of communication and conducting research in order to obtain data sets from organizations like the Texas Railroad Comission and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


Data Visualization and Front-end Engineer (contract) • Remote
Keepsite • June. 2016 – Now

Build components React/Alt.js and helped maintain expand API in Node/Express using a NoSQL DB for Keepsite, a new project management platform in the construction industry.


Data Visualization JS Engineer (contract) • Remote
Crewspark • Sept. 2015 – Sept. 2016

Built tools and interfaces in AngularJS, data visualizations in D3.js and helped maintain the Python-based data pipeline (Luigi framework) for Crewspark, a young, large-scale web app for data-driven organizations and the analytically curious that allows users to create or reuse data sources, build/borrow reports to identify trends across disparate datasets or even write algorithms and execute them in a pipeline.


JavaScript Engineer • Remote
BITOVI • July. 2014 – Aug. 2015

Built JavaScript MVC applications and data visualizations as a consultant for Bitovi clients using their suite of open source products like can.js and steal.js. Projects included building and maintaining complex analytics dashboards for Apple Inc and building data visualizations for small startups like gThrive.com. Worked with agile, remote teams using Git to build robust, modular and testable single-page applications designed to scale efficiently and cleanly.


Senior Front-end Developer • San Francisco, CA
TIGHTROPE INTERACTIVE • Jan. 2013 – July. 2014

I was hired as Tightrope’s only full-time front-end engineer and tasked with finding ways to efficiently manage and modularize an extensive client side codebase subjected to constant A/B testing by team members that often lacked technical skills. Many of our sites are written in PHP with Wordpress as the CMS. I routinely develop plugins, tools and front-end templates in PHP and JavaScript and, more recently, my responsibilities have included the training of our junior developers.


Front-end Developer & Market Strategist • San Francisco, CA
KICKBACK TICKETS • Jan. 2012 – Jan. 2013

After being contracted to redesign and code the user experience for an online ticketing start-up, I was hired full-time to manage their marketing strategy. Worked with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and GIT and implement validated learning strategies to our marketing approach like small batch development, analytics, customer feedback and A/B testing. Engaged in day-to-day creative and technical problem solving, team coordination and product oversight.


Founder, Developer & Writer • San Francisco, CA
VOICES OF JUSTICE • Feb. 2010 – Jan. 2012

Concieved, built and executed an online multimedia project focused on humanizing the crisis in California’s correctional system. Designed and built a responsive website with Wordpress, PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Raised money, support and publicity through social network campaigns. Wrote popular new media narratives published on The Huffington Post and NPR.com. Developed data visualizations on prison statistics. Built and distributed a weekly newsletter to over a thousand followers.


Associate Editor • San Francisco, CA
THE PRAETORIAN GROUP • Mar. 2009 – Sept. 2010

Sole editor for CorrectionsOne.com, an online magazine for criminal justice professionals published by the leading online media company in the public service market. Managed 30+ columnists and published 7-10 columns a week. Produced weekly eNewsletters for a 30,000+ subscriber base. Led video and editorial teams in development of multimedia special reports from events around the country. Worked with web development team in implementation of new site features. Oversaw development of social networking campaigns for all five online magazines at Praetorian Group.

Contact

1666 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
207-266-9006
lukeawhyte(at)gmail.com

Education

Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT
2001 – 2005

BA in Journalism & New Media
Concentration in online & visual communications

Recently Read Books

The Data Journalism Handbook
Python for Data Analysis
Programming JavaScript Applications
Interactive Data Visualization For The Web
The Node Beginner Book
The Visual Display Of Quantitative Information
JavaScript Patterns
The Functional Art
Don't Make Me Think
The Lean Start-Up