Who we are

USA TODAY’s Data Team includes:

Meghan Hoyer is a Data Journalist at USA TODAY, where she analyzes, writes and reports data-driven stories.




paulPaul Overberg is a database editor at USA TODAY and member of its data team, where he analyzes data on everything from demographics to weather. He has taught data journalism at American University and regularly teaches journalists, most recently at events held by IRE/NICAR, APME, the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State and the Knight Foundation. He had earlier been a science and environmental reporter and editor at Gannett News Service in Washington and a reporter and editor at The Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J.


schnaarsChristopher Schnaars has been a database editor on the USA TODAY Data Team since 2011. A budding Python programmer and SQL Server ninja, Chris collaborates with other journalists on stories across Gannett, oversees the data behind USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list and created and maintains a massive campaign-finance database. He has helped put hundreds of thousands of government inspection records online, and his work has been recognized by state press associations in West Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as The National Press Club.


headshotJodi Upton is the Senior Database Editor at USA TODAY, where she leads the database team in analysis on stories on everything from product recalls to economics to Sports contracts. Her team supports breaking stories, longer projects and everything in between, as well as data-driven interactives. She was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and is a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center. She previously worked at The Detroit News, The Flint Journal and The Lansing State Journal.


maryjoJan2014MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for 15 years, and covers new economy jobs for USA TODAY. She has previously had stints with USA TODAY Sports, Digital First Media, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Center for Public Integrity, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She also teaches data journalism at the University of Minnesota. Early in her journalism career, she worked as a reporter at the Oshkosh (Wis.) Northwestern, the New Ulm (Minn.) Journal and the Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune.