Eli Murray

Data reporter, Tampa Bay Times

Eli Murray is a data reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, one of FRONTLINE's inaugural Local Journalism Initiative partners. He's a self-taught programmer who uses code to create graphics and crunch numbers on statewide and national investigations.

In 2018, Eli had the opportunity to work on a collaboration between the Times and a local news station, 10News WTSP. The resulting investigation shed light on questionable spending by political campaigns years or even decades after the candidate left office. The story triggered the Federal Election Commission to begin reviewing dormant campaign accounts and the team that worked on the project was awarded an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia award in 2019.

He also worked alongside Times reporter Tracey McManus on an investigation into clandestine real estate purchases by the Church of Scientology in 2019. Their story received a 2020 Gerald Loeb Award for Visual Storytelling.

Eli grew up in rural Illinois and received an associate degree from Sauk Valley Community College before pursuing a bachelor's in journalism at the University of Illinois. He joined the Times straight out of college in 2015.

County will provide testing for neighbors of Florida’s lead smelter
The move was prompted by a Tampa Bay Times investigation that found hundreds of workers at the smelter were exposed to high amounts of toxic chemicals.
April 22, 2021
POISONED: Part 2: The Failings
Equipment designed to control poisons inside Gopher Resource kept breaking down, creating more dangers for workers. As violations mounted, regulators have been absent.
March 29, 2021
POISONED: Part 1: The Factory
Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. The consequences have been profound.
March 24, 2021