Kae Petrin

Data & Graphics Reporter @ Chalkbeat

I am a data reporter and full-stack developer who writes breaking news and investigative features. I also acquire public records, analyze datasets, and build interactive data visualizations.

Currently covering education and voting data for Chalkbeat and Votebeat. Formerly of St. Louis Public Radio and St. Louis Magazine. Bylines also in The Riverfront Times, The Alton Telegraph, The Common Reader, The News-Press.

Portfolio
Chalkbeat Chicago
08/19/2022
In Chicago and other urban districts, a new embrace of career and technical programs

When Chef Samantha Jones arrived at Juarez High School in Chicago six years ago, she discovered a shell of a culinary program. Jones set about to change that: She created a curriculum, arranged regular produce deliveries, and sought out opportunities for students to show off their skills outside the school's kitchen.

Chalkbeat
How the 'age-appropriate' debate is altering curriculum

In January, Williamson County Schools issued a report on 31 texts from its K-5 English language arts curriculum that had been challenged as being obscene, "critical race theory," or inappropriate for elementary-agechildren. Complaints targeted books in all five grades, with two in kindergarten, five in first grade, ten in second, four in third, seven in fourth, and three infifth.

Chalkbeat New York
01/19/2022
UPDATED: NYC parents, was your child exposed to COVID? Here's what to do next

Once again, New York City parents may be facing questions about when to keep their children home from school or get them tested for COVID as they learn of possible exposures. To keep more children in school, the city changed its quarantine rules before students returned to classrooms after the winter break.

Chalkbeat Newark
01/11/2022
How violence shook a Newark high school, despite pleas for help

The fight to rebuild school communities after two years of pandemic-era uncertainty. The calls for help started the first week of classes at Malcolm X Shabazz High School. Week one: The police were called about a fight at the Newark school, police records from this September show. Week two: an assault in progress.

Investigative

Older Data Viz & Analysis

St. Louis Public Radio
11/30/2018
Once Promised For Rehab, Vacant Buildings Now Scar St. Louis' North Side

I located eight different property lists in blurry PDFs, OCR’d them with ABBYY, cleaned them in OpenRefine, removed duplicates, filtered them to the relevant properties, and then SQL joined them to a city database to evaluate their condition and permit history. After that, I analyzed everything in Pandas. Brent Jones (not me) built the app page.