Brent Jones

Data Visual Specialist

Brent Jones is a journalist who works with data and design. He joined the St. Louis Beacon after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007. In the past five years, he has shot photos of the Pevely Dairy fire and flooding in Cairo, Ill.; compiled data on St. Louis' hottest days and whitest Christmases; edited a 30-minute video on music in Iraq; designed a 150+ page ebook; and produced audio from an improv show and more than 100 Beacon Roundtables. Jones lives in St. Louis, where he has completed a half- and full marathon and sings in a 16-member a capella madrigal ensemble.

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Playoff Payoff
10:11 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Receive A Lot Of Cardinals Tickets, Snacks From Lobbyists

Game 7 from the 2011 Cardinals World Series run.
Credit Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio.

Lobbyists have paid for more than $130,000 worth of Cardinals tickets and baseball snacks for Missouri lawmakers since 2007, according to our analysis of the data. Here are the top five post-season games they went to, as well as who has received the tickets, and who has paid for it.

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Politics & Issues
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Census Estimates: Food Stamp Use, Teen Births Down

Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases an annual survey of population characteristics for metro areas throughout the United States. Because sample sizes are limited, each data point included here will have a margin of error. You can peruse the data yourself here.

St. Louis is Getting Older, and Life is More Expensive

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Death Penalty
3:25 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

When Missouri Has Injected Midazolam

Credit via Wikimedia Commons

Missouri prison officials said under oath that they would not use midazolam in executions. But a St. Louis Public Radio investigation revealed last week that the state has used it in nine executions since 2013.

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Test Scores
12:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Five Takeaways From Schools' Annual Progress Reports

Sixth grader Max Jones follows a lesson plan at Westview Middle School in Riverview Gardens during the 2013-14 school year.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Read an analysis of the latest school report cards.

Normandy's annual performance score sank even lower than before, down to 7.1 percent of the possible points scored, lowest in the state.

State education officials have been working in the district for weeks, putting into place new techniques designed to improve academic achievement in the district, which was taken over by the state on July 1.

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Ferguson Shooting
1:44 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Ferguson When And Where: An Audio Map

Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

While the killing of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson happened in a community of 20,000, it and the conversations and events it touched off have affected the entire region, the nation and the world. Here, we recap the events since the shooting and give you the context on a map. Though we can't answer why these events occurred, here's the when and the where of Ferguson.

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Ferguson Shooting
10:18 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ferguson shooting timeline

Miss Jubilee
10:27 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Free concerts: Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

Up this week: Griffin & the Gargoyles at Jungle Boogie, Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers at Lafayette Park and Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats at Carondelet Park. But they aren't the only performers at these neighborhood concerts coming up in the next few days. So check out what's coming this week:

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Ferguson, Mo.
11:27 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Ferguson By The Numbers

Ferguson (in green) sits inside St. Louis County.

Here's a quick look at some demographics and numbers from Ferguson, Mo. For context and comparison, we've also provided numbers from St. Louis County.

Ferguson's population is 21,205. St. Louis County's is 999,147.

All of these numbers are from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates from 2012.

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Politics & Issues
5:10 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Map Of Events Relating To Michael Brown Shooting

We're working to bring you the latest in the ongoing situation in Ferguson on our live blog. This map will be updated as we know more.

Voronoi Diagram
2:56 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

How We Made Our STL 250 Cake Map

Steps for making a Voronoi diagram
Credit Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio

Find your closest cake.

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