About Census Reporter

Census Reporter is an independent project to make data from the American Community Survey easier to use. We are unaffiliated with the U.S. Census Bureau.

A News Challenge grant from the Knight Foundation funded the initial build-out of the site. Joe Germuska developed the grant proposal and is the project lead. Our original project advisory board consisted of Joe Germuska, John Keefe, and Ryan Pitts. We are grateful to Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), who served as the fiscal agent for our original grant funds. After the original grant was spent, we incorporated as Census Reporter, NFP, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation.

Sara Schnadt served as the original designer and community coordinator. Ryan Pitts and Ian Dees were the primary software development team. Joe Germuska served as project manager and wrangler, and, with John Keefe, contributed to project design and planning.

Since the development of the initial site, additional contributions of code and/or documentation have been made by Avriana Allen, Durell Gill, Cathy He, Kristen Li, Joon Park, Tushar Samant, and Sumin Woo. Ian Dees has donated a substantial amount of his time each year to update Census Reporter with new ACS releases.

We are grateful to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, home of Knight Lab, which provides in-kind support for some of Census Reporter's ongoing development. Thanks also to Mapbox and Amazon Web Services for subsidizing some of our technology costs.