Matthew Kiefer


Data Editor
The Chicago Reporter

Matt Kiefer is data editor at The Chicago Reporter. He spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter, editor and researcher for several Chicago-area newspapers — then took a sabbatical of sorts to do computer programming for a local software company. He learned a few new tricks during his stint in tech. Now, Matt helps the Reporter find needles in the haystacks of data concerning race and poverty in Chicago.

Matt studied English and education at Northeastern Illinois University. In his spare time, you might find him pedaling a bike across town, slogging through an amateur carpentry project or catching a Bulls game. He’s into vegetarian, refuses to consult a cookbook and has never uttered the phrase, “This food’s too spicy.”