Key data for all of your stories

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: David Hiles of Bureau of Labor Statistics; Maria Olmedo-Malagon of U.S. Census Bureau; Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Penrose
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Jaimi Dowdell, IRE/NICAR

In this session we'll take a close look at data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and more. How can demographic, employment and wage data help you better understand your community? We'll discuss cool data tools, limitations and more.

Speaker Bios

  • Jaimi Dowdell is a data journalist for Reuters. Previously she was training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and data editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. @JaimiDowdell jaimi.dowdell@tr.com

  • David Hiles publishes the County Employment and Wages release for the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). He started at BLS in 1986, working on the national payroll survey(CES). In 1997 he moved to the QCEW and led its switch from annual to quarterly publication. He has overseen several accelerations of the QCEW release. Mr. Hiles lives in Hyattsville MD with his wife and two children where he served for four years as a city councilmember. Twitter during NICAR events: @HilesDavid

  • Maria Olmedo Malagon is the Assistant Division Chief for Program Management, Communications and Data Users Education at the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey Office. In this capacity Maria is oversees management and promotional efforts related to the survey. Previously, Maria was the Director for Food Safety Education at USDA and the Executive Officer at FEMA's Office of External Affairs. Maria holds degrees from UConn and the University of Puerto Rico.

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  • Key data for all of your stories
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