Hi. I’m a journalist, data and GIS specialist and web developer living in Memphis, Tennessee.
A lot of what I do ends up in The Commercial Appeal Data Center. I also commit journalism for the Florida Center for Investigative Journalism. I also blog about homebrewing and beer at FuzzyBrew.com, and am a member of Bluff City Brewers. I teach a web development course in the University of Memphis Department of Journalism. You can find more of my work here.
I stay busy keeping our vintage-1911 home from falling down. I fish and I hunt and plan backpacking trips we’re often too busy to take.
I bounced around a good bit to get here. I grew up in West Virginia, interned at the Charleston Daily Mail, worked at The Dominion Post for a couple years before moving to Missouri for grad school. I spent a semester working at the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting and another semester as an an assistant city editor for the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper. I spent a winter in D.C. at Gannett News Service analyzing EPA sewage data, and a summer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a data reporting intern. I’ve been in Memphis since summer of 2008.
My wife, Dr. Carrie Brown-Smith, is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Memphis. We have two dogs. They are not smart. E-mail me