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Shane Shifflett

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Data Analyst/News Applications Developer


Shane Shifflett is a software developer and reporter who learned how to interrogate data while working on a story at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. There, he wrote about a drug-addled prostitute's 300th arrest and the unforgiving criminal justice system failing its inmates. He also reported on the Chicago Police Department's wasteful deployment of cameras across the city. Before reporting, Shane studied computer science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, worked in construction, moved packages for UPS and wrote software for a mutual fund company.

Recent Spotlight Articles

Controversial school bonds create ‘debt for the next generation’
Hundreds of California school districts have turned to a controversial form of borrowing called capital appreciation bonds, with payments not due for decades and interest costs as high as 23 times the amount borrowed.
Federal judge’s rulings favored companies in which he owned stock
A Southern California federal judge ruled in favor of companies in which he owned stock, despite measures to prevent such conflicts of interest.
PACER federal court record fees exceed system costs
The federal government has collected millions from the online Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, or PACER – nearly five times what it cost to run the system.
For disabled veterans awaiting benefits decisions, location matters
Veterans waiting for decisions on disability claims wait longer than the VA has acknowledged, especially in larger urban areas. Solutions tried in four locations have not helped so far, as the backlog continues to grow.

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