Prior to moving to Chicago, Charmaine was a public policy researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where she focused on the 2020 Census and the implications of potential miscounts; the implementation and impact of multi-generational anti-poverty interventions; and structural racism in policy, research, and evaluation. She has produced and presented data visualizations at multiple conferences, including the 2016 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders data convening.
More recently, Charmaine served as South Side Weekly’s as its Director of Fact-checking; on the side, she reported and developed several data visualizations for the Weekly. She previously worked with the City of Chicago’s Chief Data Officer and Design Director to re-imagine the requester-side FOIA experience, and at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Chicago Department of Public Health to develop social media strategy and graphics. Charmaine has also covered local government as part of City Bureau’s Documenters network.
Charmaine graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in Economics and the University of Chicago with a M.S. in Computational Analysis and Public Policy.
Stories by Charmaine Runes
Data from a new sensor network shows the highest rates of pollution in Little Village, Austin, Englewood, Irving Park and other neighborhoods.
With inflation boosting grocery store prices, farmers say the place to find a deal on food are the outdoor markets. Here’s WBEZ’s guide to great ones in the city and suburbs, with days, times and special features.
Available only twice a week at a cafe in Logan Square, the vibrant purple pastries are a gateway to Filipino food culture.
Inflation is eating away at the pocketbooks of many Chicagoans, even at the grocery store.
Between May 2019 and December 2021, the average Chicago alderman attended about 86% of the meetings required of them.
We mapped the city’s hot spots for outdoor dining permits. The highest-density areas are River North, downtown and west of the Loop.
Gas in Chicago still isn’t as expensive as 10 years ago, when a gallon cost a whopping $4.47.
Chicago property owners — and sometimes tenants — are responsible for removing snow from sidewalks. Failure to do so can lead to fines of $500.
A typical household’s wealth in the richest part of the Chicago area is 206 times that in the poorest area, according to the Urban Institute.
Named Guien, the giant agave is astounding visitors and staffers alike with its growing prowess. We compared her to other neck-kinking Chicago icons.