Maggie Lee

Hi, I'm a freelance data reporter who covers state and metro government in Atlanta. I started as a print reporter.

Print bylines and some data work in places like McClatchy's Georgia papers, Creative Loafing, SaportaReport, and others.

Now I mainly do data visualizations, web-scraping and web apps. And good robots. For outlets like Atlanta Civic Circle and The Current.

Can I help you with something?

maggie.a.lee[ at ]gmail.com
Phone or signal: 404-five three eight-2740

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Atlanta Airbnb snapshot

thumbnail preview of Atlanta airbnb map

Data byline on a couple SaportReport stories for scraping, understanding and mapping Atlanta Airbnb data.

A snapshot of Atlants's Airbnb listings raises questions about regulation and affordability

Northern suburbs' Airbnb data show challenges of short-term rental regulation

Ingredients: Python, scraping, QGIS, Flourish

Latest Georgia campaign money report: Lots of commas

thumbnail preview of selected  Georgia campaign fundraising 2022 cycle

Experiment in visual storytelling in a tight CMS. Basically an icon bar graph with paragraphs between the bars.

Live version at Atlanta Civic Circle

Ingredients: Flourish, no-code chart, grouped symbol bar chart

Georgia legislators above average

thumbnail preview of georgia legislator age historgram

Georgia lawmakers are above average in age and wealth. Brings together several data sources and experiments with telling the story as a quiz.

Live version at Atlanta Civic Circle

Ingredients: Python, scraping, data-cleaning, Flourish

Where Georgians live together and apart

thumbnail preview of Georgia demographic dot density map

Demographic dot-density map

Live version at Atlanta Civic Circle

Unframed version

Ingredients: Mapbox, QGIS

Blue 'burbs joined with red mountains to GOP electoral advantage

thumbnail preview of north georgia new congressional districts and where they split blue voters

A purple state will probably send nine Republicans and five Democrats to the U.S. House because of new GOP-drawn districts.

Live version at Atlanta Civic Circle

Unframed version on Flourish

Ingredients: No-coding map, Flourish, data matching, csv

How to gerrymander

Thumbnail preview of graphics showing different ways to draw political districts that lead to different partisan makeups of legislatures

Graphics that explain "packing," "cracking" and other ways to manipulate district maps for political gain. Atlanta Civic Circle used these panels in social media.

Live version at Atlanta Civic Circle

Unframed version on Floursih

Ingredients: Photoshop, Flourish, no-coding

Know your state lawmakers 2021

A map of Georgia House districts

Social media and contact info for state lawmakers. Click on a district to find yours.

Live version at SaportaReport.com

Code on Github

Ingredients: Leaflet, map, HTML

2020 crime in Buckhead versus the rest of Atlanta

A graph showing types of crime in Buckhead vs the rest of Atlanta

You need a chart to tell a story that has lots of numbers, like crime stats. That's doable in fairly little time with very little coding via Datawrapper, Flourish and other software. Great for any size publication.

Live version at Reporter Newspapers

Ingredients: No-coding or low-coding charts and graphs, Flourish

Georgia election results (map)

Map of Georgia election results

Map of election results and number of voters by county

Live version at SaportaReport.com

Ingredients: Datawrapper, csv

Georgia election results (graph)

Bar graph of Georgia election results

Live display of election results for Clayton County area, pulled in near-real time from Georgia's official data feed

Live version at the Clayton Crescent

Ingredients: Google Apps Script, Datawrapper

Georgia Election Twitter

US Captiol

Read, search & sort all the tweets by Georgia's ~70 congressional candidates

Live version

Code on GitHub

Ingredients: Python, Flask, web development, SQLite, Datasette

Atlanta and Georgia politics Twitter bot

Decorative picture of a circuitboard

@GaPolBot monitors public Georgia and Atlanta public agency websites and RSS feeds and tweets what it finds.
Like, the governor's executive orders, Supreme Court of Georgia opinions and when new companies register to lobby in Georgia.

Ingredients: Python, Twitter, bot, Tweepy

Commercial property tax discounts in Atlanta

thumbnail preview of map and list of property tax discounts in Atlanta

Map and list tracking where Atlanta's and Fulton's economic development agencies have authorized commercial property tax breaks, starting in 2019. Goes with ongoing reporting at SaportaReport.com.

Live version

Code on GitHub

Ingredients: Leaflet, Flask, Python, static page

If Georgia's budget were $1

thumbnail preview of Georgia budget chart

If Georgia's budget were $1, health care and education would get quarters. Most other things would get pennies

With story at SaportaReport.com

Unframed version

Developed with Observable

Ingredients: D3.js, Excel

Why metro Atlanta's vote matters so much, in a map

thumbnail preview of metro Atlanta election map

North Cherokee and south Fulton give some idea what other parts of the state are like compared to inner metro Atlanta: much redder but much less populous.

With story for SaportaReport.com

Published via Carto

Ingredients: QGIS, Carto, esri2geojson, scraping

The Age of Atlanta

Thumbnail preview of Atlanta building age map

A clickable building age map.

Unframed version of December, 2017 story for SaportaReport.com

Code on GitHub

Ingredients: QGIS, spatial join, map, Carto, Carto.js, Leaflet, JavaScript, geojson, HTML, CSS, Python, web scraping, Flask, Jinja

What would Bibb schools' racial makeup be if everyone went to their zoned school?

Thumbnail preview of Bibb county school district map

Maps for a series about public school re-segreation, done by Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Macon Telegraph.

With story for the Macon Telegraph (possible paywall)

Published via Carto

Ingredients: QGIS, Carto, CSV, Census

Georgians squeeze into metro Atlanta. Here's how much:

Thumbnail preview of Georgia map with counties sized by population

A personal project, just trying out a county map with the counties sized by 2016 population.

Interactive version

Code on GitHub

Ingredients: Cartogram, cartoram.js, D3.js, HTML, CSS

Georgia lawmakers wrote ~4,800 things, mostly honors

Thumbnail preview of graphic about Georgia legislature bill disposition

Another personal project, from 2016. I wanted to show what gets filed and handled in the Georgia Legislature. I wrote a little Python script to scrape, then categorize, these bills. D3.js did the heavy lifting on drawing the chart. It's finished and annotated in Photoshop.

Chart as png

Code on GitHub

Ingredients: Python, web scraping, D3.js, Photoshop

About 26,000 refugees moved to Georgia in 10 years. Here's where most came from and went to in metro Atlanta

Thumbnail preview of graphic about refugee resettlement in Georiga cities

A chart created for the AJC in 2016, though that page has succumbed to link rot :(

Unframed version

Code on GitHub

Ingredients: D3.js, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, CSV

Miscellaneous

Excel is for reporters, not just accountants

Eight newsroom hacks that don't require coding

How to schedule a Python script in a piece of cloud, using an Amazon AWS EC2 instance (a tiny virtual server) and cron (a scheduler that is built into it.)