Sean McMinn is the data editor on NPR’s News Apps team.
Based in Washington, DC, McMinn writes and reports news stories for NPR.org, designs infographics, and develops software that helps journalists do their jobs.
McMinn came to NPR from CQRoll Call, where he covered Congress and politics for three years as a data reporter. While there, he built interactives to help Americans better understand their government, and his reporting on flaws in FEMA’s recovery programs led to the agency making changes to better serve communities struck by disaster. He also took part in an exchange with young professionals in North Africa and spent time in Egypt teaching data visualization and storytelling.
Before that, McMinn taught multimedia journalism to interns through a fellowship with the Scripps Howard Foundation.
He is also an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
McMinn is an alumnus of the National Press Foundation’s Paul Miller Fellowship and has served as vice-chair at the National Press Club’s Young Members Committee. He has also directed the Press Club’s Press Vs. Politicians Spelling Bee fundraiser, which pits members of Congress against journalists to raise funds for the club’s non-profit journalism institute.
McMinn is from Thousand Oaks, CA. He holds a journalism degree with a statistics minor from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, where he was a reporter and editor on the student newspaper, Mustang News.