Hello! My name is Michelle Cheng.
Welcome to my online space to learn more about me. I'm a New York-based journalist, and I write about business, technology, and policy–occasionally, looking through a data-driven angle. Previously, I was on the higher education beat where I wrote about college accessibility.
I received a journalism degree and concentration in computer science at Boston University. I'm also a first-generation college student. Before entering journalism, I was a competitive dancer.
I'm currently an editorial assistant and reporter at Inc. My work has been featured in KQED News, FiveThirtyEight, Forbes, and MIT Technology Review.
Fun fact: I've written emoji proposals for the Unicode Consortium.
Scroll down to see some of my work below.
Nothing Going On But The Rent
Analyzed real estate data and reported on commercial rents for the June issue of Inc. Magazine.
Students At Most Colleges Don't Pick "Useless" Majors
Used both Excel and Pandas Python to clean up and analyze data from the U.S. Department of Education for a FiveThirtyEight story.
Where Are All The Middle-Skilled Workers In Boston?
My first attempt at creating an interactive story. Created an interactive table, D3 graph and Leaflet.js map. Used HTML/CSS/Bootstrap to design page layout.
Bicyclists In Cambridge Cited Most Often On The Stretch Of Massachusetts Avenue
Used Pandas Python Library to analyze Cambridge bicycle data. Analysis of data available on Github.
Top 10 Schools That Get High Grades For Diversity
Sorted U.S. Department of Education data in Excel to create a new methodology for Forbes Top Colleges 2016 project.