Alexandra Kanik (OVR)

Data Reporter (OVR)

Alexandra Kanik brings the numbers to life as the data reporter for WFPL News and the Ohio Valley ReSource. She also serves on the Reader Advisory Board for MediaShift, where she was metrics section editor. Alexandra grew up in Pittsburgh and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She began her career in journalism with PublicSource, a non-profit news organization in Pittsburgh, as interactive developer and metrics analyst. The University of Michigan recently named Alexandra a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honors the best journalism professionals under the age of 35.

Since the first Ohio Valley region COVID-19 patient was confirmed nearly a month ago, cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus have continued to increase in the state.

Along with that increase in cases comes an increase in questions:

How many cases are there around me?

How many people in my community have died?

How do other health issues increase the risk of serious illness due to coronavirus in my community?

These questions are hard to answer right now due to the speed at which data are being reported.

Alexandra Kanik / Ohio Valley Resource

Just before dawn in January 2018, 27 barges were floating like a net along the banks of the Ohio River, downstream of the city of Pittsburgh.

Courtesy WV Governor

An Ohio Valley ReSource analysis of federal mine safety data shows that the companies belonging to the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owe $4.3 million in delinquent debt for mine safety violations. That is far more than the companies owed when Justice ran for governor in 2016, when he pledged to make good on such debts.

Jeff Young / Ohio Valley ReSource

The “Blue Wave” that broke in some midterm races around the country hit a “Red Wall” in the Ohio Valley, and while the Democrats will take control of the House in Washington, the partisan makeup of the Congressional delegations for Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia remains unchanged.