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Eli Murray - Data Reporter

Data Reporter

I’m a journalist who codes for the Tampa Bay Times. I grew up in rural Illinois, got my associate’s at Sauk Valley Community College, and studied journalism at UofI. I was introduced to programming through a weeklong Adobe Flash segment in one of my classes junior year. I enjoyed solving logic puzzles, so that summer I bought some books and taught myself to write Javascript. Senior year I spent my days studying journalism in class and working at the student paper; I spent my nights and weekends writing servers and going to hackathons. I graduated in 2015 and came to work for the Times, where I use code to create graphics, crunch numbers on statewide and national investigations, and write publishing software.

  1. In their political afterlife, former politicians and their staffers are hoarding unspent campaign donations for years and using them to finance their lifestyles, advance new careers and pay family members, an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times, 10News WTSP and TEGNA-owned TV stations found.
    The federal agency sent letters to politicians across the country Wednesday, asking why they were still spending money on campaigns that were long over. The review followed a Times/WTSP investigation.
  2. For the fundraising period that ended June 30, Sen. Marco Rubio reported $8.9 million plus $3.2 million transferred from his U.S. Senate re-election campaign. (He had to refund about $821,000 to Senate donors.) Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reported $11.4 million. [Associated Press photos]