From Tim O’Rourke, Director of Product and Strategy:
We’re thrilled to announce that Ying Zhao has joined The San Francisco Chronicle as a newsroom engineer on the development team that works on projects across Hearst Newspapers.
Zhao comes to our newsroom after working for KQED as a data researcher and participating in the New York Times’ COVID-19 data project. She served as a features editor for Hearst Magazines in Shanghai before coming to the States and learning to code.
At The Chronicle, Zhao will lead development of major projects including a collection of election live results pages.
“With another big election year coming in 2022, Ying brings a journalistic drive and technical ability that we'll need to create real-time interactives for readers across the country,” said Evan Wagstaff, the lead developer on Hearst’s Central Interactives Team, aka “the DevHub.” “She will be a key player in our development infrastructure, creating data feeds to power our projects and uncover new stories.”
After moving to the U.S., Zhao attended the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and completed Columbia University’s Lede Program in data journalism. In 2019, during her first semester at UC Berkeley’s J-school, she visited The Chronicle’s newsroom and met with the team she would join years later.