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 mostly write about business and technology–focusing on the societal impact or, occasionally, looking through a data-driven angle. Before that, I was on the higher education beat where I wrote about college accessibility. In a previous life, I was a competitive dancer.

I received a journalism degree and concentration in computer science at Boston University. I'm the first in my family to graduate from college.

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.

Data Stories

Nothing Going On But The Rent

Analyzed 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.

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.