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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


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. 


Chicago and the amazing technicolor sprawl map

Where was Chicago growing during the Wilson Administration? When did the lakefront phalanx of high rises go up? Find out in our color-and-data mashup of construction dating back to 1870.


Chicago's Gun Crime Data

Gun crime and homicides have become almost synonymous in Chicago, but the homicide numbers can obscure the overall gun problem in the city.


Are there enough cops for Pride, Market Days?

Organizers say yes ... but mostly because crowds are smaller than you might think.


Chicago gets new chief geek

Mayor Emanuel picks replacement to Brett Goldstein, naming Brenna Berman as Chicago’s Chief Information Officer.


Where are Chicago’s outdoor patios?

Plus, the quirky regulations behind the city’s al fresco scene. Why, after all, can you keep chomping a hot dog late at night, but have to set down the beer. 


Chicago’s data chief bids farewell

In final hours as Chicago’s first chief data officer, Brett Goldstein thanks staff, civic hackers for helping his tenure as he departs for University of Chicago.

WBEZ Blogs

Library data: Top borrowers in Rogers Park, resurgence of 'Gatsby'

Libraries could well be considered some of the earliest adopters of open data as they ditched card catalogues and rubber stamps for computerized records. So to bridge the print and digital worlds, we wanted to take a look at some of the data CPL has to offer.

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