Ben Hancock

Computational Journalism, Python, and Linux


About me

I’m the newsroom Data Editor at ALM Media, publisher of, The Recorder, and The American Lawyer, among other outlets. At work, I’m focused on finding ways to mine and analyze data about the court system, major companies, and the law firms that represent them. While I'm on the subject of work, I should mention this is my personal blog, and any views expressed here don't represent those of my employer or other journalists at the organization.

I’ve been a reporter for the bulk of my career, starting out in Madison, Wisconsin and going on to write about social and political issues in South Korea. I also reported on Congress and international trade negotiations while based in Washington D.C., and have covered major legal battles in Silicon Valley. At ALM, I started a podcast called “Unprecedented” focused on technology and the law, and still produce occasional episodes for a newer podcast called “Legal Speak”.

More recently, I’ve gone headlong into computer programming, data science, and Python — a language I’ve loved learning and happily get to use more in my new role in the newsroom. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and volunteer with SF Python. I’m also a Linux and free software enthusiast.

Aside from work and code, I enjoy keeping up my Korean, hiking, and attempting to stand up on waves.

About the handle

You’ll find me on GitHub, Stack Overflow, and other corners of the internet posting as elwha1. The Elwha River originates in Washington state, where I grew up, and flows through the Olympic Mountains. The river has been revitalized in recent years by a massive dam removal project — which I think is pretty cool.

You can reach me over email at bghancock/at/gmail/dot/com