Hello! My name is Michelle Cheng.
Welcome to my online space to learn more about me. I'm a New York-based journalist reporting on business, technology, and policy. Previously, I reported on higher education, focusing on college accessibility and career outcomes. I like writing about how business and tech impact society and find myself constantly curious about the world around me.
I also dabble in code and often take a data-driven approach to reporting. For a FiveThirtyEight story, I analyzed Department of Education data to show that most students study "practical" majors, which was later referenced in The New York Times.
I'm currently an editorial assistant and reporter at Inc. My work can also be found at KQED News, Forbes, and MIT Technology Review.
I received my undergraduate degree from Boston University, and I'm a first-generation college student. In a previous life, I was a competitive dancer.
Scroll down to see some of my work below.
Nothing Going On But The Rent
Analyzed and reported on commercial rents data 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.