Hello! My name is Michelle Cheng.

I'm a New York City-based journalist for Quartz. I like to write about the people behind the economics data as well as the societal impact of business and tech.

I've analyzed Department of Education data to report on how most students study "practical" majors, which was referenced in The New York Times. I've also analyzed data on black-white unemployment gaps in major US cities, state funding of colleges, tech tools US presidential campaigns are using, and the gender breakdown of executives leading IPOs.

My work includes writing about a startup selling behives to Fortune 500 companies, Facebook corporate posters, how Revolve became a billion-dollar clothing company, Birkenstocks, QuickBook price hikes hurting small business owners, women making over the beauty industry's boys club, Uber obscuring fare fees, an Airbnb host offering Amazon job interview prep for $5,300, and the risk of employee strikes surfacing in S-1 filings.

I received my undergraduate degree in journalism from Boston University, and I'm a first-generation college student. In a previous life, I was a competitive dancer.