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Elliott Ramos

Elliott Ramos

Digital Editor

Elliott is the editor responsible for WBEZ’s data reporting, specializing in data visualizations, maps, and analysis, he uses geekery to supplement the station’s enterprise reporting.

He also assists with analyzing the station’s analytics and audience engagement. He is responsible for poring over reams of data to ensure usability of the website and apps — and discoverability of the station’s content.
Prior to WBEZ, Elliott was an editor for the Wall Street Journal’s mobile applications department, and at one point, a news editor on its News Hub. He was previously a senior Web editor for the New York Daily News, and interned at the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago RedEye and WBBM CBS2.

Elliott holds a certification for data journalism from the LEDE program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a BA in journalism from Columbia College Chicago.
He is able to quote West Wing and Simpsons with ease, and once raised koi with the names Daria and Jane.


Recent Stories


From Vespas To Teslas: These Maps Show How Cars Are Spread Across Chicago

Spoiler alert! There are three DeLoreans!


What’s Chicago Doing About Duplicate Sticker Tickets?

Seven weeks after the city pledged to address the issue, drivers are still on the hook – and mayoral candidates are taking notice.


Chicago Hoped To Generate Millions With Expensive City Sticker Tickets. It Didn't Work.

Only one in three of these $200 tickets get paid.


Suit: Chicago Should Refund Drivers Hit With Expensive Tickets

The suit claims tickets and fines over $250 should not go through the city’s administrative hearing process.


Three City Sticker Tickets On The Same Car In 90 Minutes?

Thousands of drivers have gotten more than one city sticker ticket in a day. The city is looking into whether they should get a refund.


The Dubious Finances Of Chicago’s Winter Parking Ban

No snow, yes tow: WBEZ analysis highlights the dubious finances of Chicago’s overnight winter parking ban.


When It Snows, Chicago Police Ticket Minority Communities More

South Side neighborhoods get hit with a disproportionate number of winter-related tickets, a WBEZ data analysis finds.


In Chicago, Pot And Drug Arrests At Historic Lows — But Can Still Fill A Stadium

Chicago cops made fewer arrests for drugs in 2017 than they have in decades, data show. But some areas saw bigger drops than others.


Before Putting On The Leather, Kinksters Get Their Haircuts Here

How did a small barber shop in Edgewater cultivate a following in Chicago’s gay kinkster scene? Patrons say it comes down to acceptance.


Where Chicago Tickets For Parking In Bike Lanes

It’s a problem that really grinds the gears of many bicyclists: vehicles parked illegally in bike lanes. Here’s where it happens.


Photos: Chicago Pride Parade 2017

Chicagoans and revelers alike took part in the 48th annual Chicago LGBT Pride Parade.


Enforcement of Chicago’s Winter Parking Ban Depends On The Neighborhood

The city’s enforcement of the winter overnight parking ban is so inconsistent that even legally parked cars get slapped with tickets.


Chicagoans Rally To Support Trans Rights

Hundreds of people rallied in the Boystown Saturday afternoon to protest actions this week by the Trump administration.


Frozen In Time: Winter Parking Ban No Longer Necessary

Since 1980, Chicago has prohibited residents from parking along snow routes, a policy that is now unnecessary.


Map: Early Voting Locations In Chicago

Any voter can use any of the 50 city-wide locations to cast their votes regardless of where they live.


Map: Which Chicago Neighborhood Had The Most Block Parties?

Block parties – not to be confused with street fests – are a summer pastime in many Chicago neighborhoods, but which area had the most?


Chicago's stop and frisk hidden from scrutiny

Chicago's Police Department uses a system known as contact cards to track everything from stop and frisks to everyday contacts with citizens. But unlike NYC, the question of who gets frisked and how often isn't easy to answer.


Violence plagues some 'Safe Passage' areas

There have been more than a hundred shootings and dozens of murders within a block of newly-designated “Safe Passage” routes, according to a WBEZ analysis. Chicago Public Schools is hoping the 600 new workers who start guarding those routes Monday can help stanch the violence and keep students safe.


From crime to CTA crowding, Chicago fellows build with big data

University of Chicago’s Data for Social Good has fellows finding solutions, tools to combat social problems.

WBEZ Blogs

The off-limit parts of Navy Pier offer spectacular views

We asked Navy Pier to take us into a part of the tourist destination often overlooked, but is in almost every postcard: the twin observation towers at the end of the pier. 

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