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Emmanuel Martinez is a data reporter for The Markup. For the past six years, he’s worked in the same position for the investigative news outlet and public radio show Reveal in the San Francisco Bay Area, using data, statistics, and programming to tell stories. His most recent work examined access to homeownership and mortgage discrimination, where he analyzed 31 million housing records to prove that people of color were being routinely denied mortgages in 61 major U.S. metro areas. Emmanuel has also worked on a tool to help match unidentified bodies with missing persons’ reports, reported on why wildfires in the West are growing larger and sparking closer to homes, and dug into water shortages in California’s Central Valley, which produces a quarter of the nation’s food.
His work has garnered awards such as The Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award, The George Foster Peabody Award, and The Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting. Last year, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
A graduate of UC Irvine, Emmanuel received his master’s degree from the University of Southern California, where he studied radio and data journalism. He interned at KPCC, the Los Angeles NPR station.