Hello! My name is Michelle Cheng.

I often report on higher education, technology and social issues. I also like analyzing data and telling a compelling story out of it. I graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism and a concentration in computer science. Prior to becoming a journalist, I was a competitive dancer.

I'm currently an interactive producer at KQED News. My work has been featured in FiveThirtyEight, Forbes, MIT Technology Review and Upworthy.

Fun fact: I write emoji proposals to the Unicode Consortium.

Scroll down to see some of my work below.

Data Projects

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.

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.

More State Support Leads To Higher Graduation Rates, Boston University

Created graphs on Excel and implemented an interactive map through Carto. Used HTML/CSS/Bootstrap to design page layout.

Where Are All The Middle-Skilled Workers In Boston?

My first attempt creating an interactive story. Created an interactive table, D3 graph and Leaflet.js map. Used HTML/CSS/Bootstrap to design page layout.

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.