Dave is a freelance data journalist who recently decided to leave the Bergen Record in New Jersey and branch out on his own after 18 years as co-manager, and then manager, of the newspaper's data operation. His role at The Record included maintaining a library of dozens of databases as well as developing, reporting, writing and providing interactive graphics for data-driven stories. He has won awards for articles on a broad spectrum of topics, including race-based property tax inequities, historical changes in living patterns throughout the New York City area, major league baseball player values, relationship trends revealed in personal ads and the real estate boom and bust of the past two decades.
Prior to becoming involved in data journalism, he worked as a beat reporter covering housing, urban issues and a long-running desegregation battle in Yonkers in the 1980s and 90s.
When he's not in front of a class or a computer, he can be found hiking the trails of America's national parks, playing on the softball fields of New York City, pursuing his love of photography or repairing antique phonographs.