Data Visuals Editor |

C.J. Sinner is the data visuals editor for the Star Tribune, working at the intersection of data, design and digital storytelling to build experiences that explain complex issues (and sometimes simple ones) to readers through charts and maps large and small. 

Sinner is a central-Minnesota native with family roots in North Dakota. Her first job was in Bismarck, but she also lived in New Zealand and New York before moving back to Minnesota. She's a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Columbia University, and teaches part-time at the U's journalism school. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and enjoys being outdoors in all seasons, whether that's a walk through the neighborhood, a day of snowshoeing, or a five-day backpacking trip.

Tracking coronavirus in Minnesota

See how COVID-19 has spread in Minnesota and across the United States.

360 deaths or 22,000? Why Minnesota's COVID-19 models are so different

How can scientists looking at the same data come up with such different estimates? And who's right?

In Minnesota and across the U.S., virus death toll keeps climbing

As of Monday, 143 Minnesotans had died from COVID-19, with more than half of those fatalities occurring since April 14. The virus has now claimed more lives in the U.S. than anywhere in the world.

Wrap your head around these Minnesota snow stats

As Minnesotans, our reputations precede us as conquerors of the ice and snow. But while we shrug, “it could be worse,” we also complain about…

Why is it so much harder for U students to graduate debt free compared to the '60s?

Fall college tuition bills are coming due, and if the number behind that dollar sign seems high, well, it is.

We hit 2 million at State Fair again. Here's what made the difference this year.

Should we get used to 2 million? Or was the 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together a particularly good year? Three observations show how we got there this time.

Crowds are huge part of the State Fair. See how they've grown over the years.

The state's largest gathering got rolling just after we became a state and has changed with the times. In 2019, will fair magic again conspire to haul in the population of several Minnesota cities each day?

What the candidates said during Thursday's debate

On the second night of debates in Miami, 10 more candidates sought to set themselves apart from the crowded field.

Democratic debate: What the candidates said

Democratic presidential candidates tried Wednesday to elbow their way into the spotlight in a debate that kicked off the 2020 primary season.

Gov. Walz's team points to state's future needs with gas-tax plans

The first-term Democrat cites inflation and road repairs. Republican leaders say the increase is not needed in a time of surplus.