Sharon Machlis

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About Sharon Machlis

Sharon is an award-winning journalist and data analyst who is equally at home analyzing data, coding tools for journalists, and covering technology. She is currently director of editorial data & analytics at IDG Communications, publisher of tech Web sites including Computerworld, CIO, PCWorld, and Macworld, where she hosts InfoWorld's Do More With R video series .

Her book, Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism, is available from publisher CRC Press and Amazon (you can see Six chapters free online).

Sharon is well known in the R community. She has taught workshops at ProPublica, and Inestigative Reporters and Editors conferences and keynoted the 2020 European R User Meeting.

Sharon received an ASBPE national gold award for impact/investigative online excellence (see story) and two ASBPE national golds for best how-to article (see 2014 and 2017 winners) She was also named the Digital Analytics Association's top practitioner in 2021 for her work analyzing data at her job and in her community.

Sharon holds an Extra-class ham radio license and was honored by the Association of Radio Amateurs of Bosnia & Herzegovina "for extraordinary contribution to transmitting humanitarian messages of the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina" during the 1992-95 war.

Sharon's other hobbies include photography, travel, hiking, snowshoeing, and classical piano. And, she's somewhat obsessed with the R programming language.

You can follow Sharon on Twitter @sharon000.