Chris Essig is a data visuals developer at Texas Tribune, where he builds data visualizations and news apps. Before joining the team in February 2017, Chris spent almost six years in Iowa. Most recently, he was developer at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids for two and a half years. His team was involved in both engineering and newsroom projects. Before then, he was online editor at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, which is where he got his start building graphics in newsrooms. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Iowa, teaching a course that covered both multimedia and data journalism. He is originally from Illinois and received a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois in Springfield.