Data Ri¢h

a podcast about data journalism
brought to you by The Brothers Rich:
Steven Rich and Gerald Rich


Greetings! Thanks for coming to check out our podcast. We're The Brothers Rich, Steven Rich and Gerald Rich. We're both working data journalists. That means we use computers to help us find stories. It's a broad definition, so we made a podcast about it to discover what that means.

Who are The Brothers Rich?

Steven Rich is the database editor for investigations at The Washington Post. He's been a working journalist for just a few years, but in that time, he's been a reporter on teams that have won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He's taught data journalism at Northwestern, Georgetown and Virginia Tech and is on the Board of Directors for IRE. In his spare time, he likes to help on open source data projects as much as he can. You can email him or follow him on Twitter, although he usually just tweets lame jokes.

Gerald Rich is an interactive producer making online graphics with Vocativ, an online publication using data mining to cover the news. His past bylines include NPR, ProPublica, and most recently at The Marshall Project. He's a self-taught programmer who studied economics at the University of Texas, and likes making maps and software to help reporters and editors. You can also email him or follow him on Twitter. (He usually tweets better jokes than Steven, though.)

Episode One

DENVER — The city’s mile-high altitude really hits the brothers hard in our first installment. This month the brothers attend NICAR, the annual conference for the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting. It's the oldest and largest conference dedicated to data journalism and a great place to talk to old friends and new about data journalism and its evolution. Enjoy!

Biggest thanks to Julia Chan, a digital editor at Reveal News, for her help making this month's episode. Without her we would have had a poorer show. Thank you!



Friends of the family

Over the course of the show, you will hear many voices that aren't our own. We love the data journalism community and want them on as frequently as we can get them. Like good data journalists, we'll be keeping a spreadsheet (coming soon) of all those who appear on the show. If you see any fields you like us to add, just ask. We're happy to update with now fields and new folks as we continue to podcast. For our first episode, friends of the family include:

Contact the moment, it's just the two of us recording and editing this podcast. We're both novices but working to get better. If you'd like to help us produce shows, we'd be extraordinarily grateful. Please contact either of The Brothers Rich on Twitter or send an email to

Also, if you have any interest in being on the podcast, feel free to contact us and let us know what you want to talk about. We're always open to suggestions and new friends of the family.