Christopher Huffaker is the data reporter for The Great Divide, an investigative team focused on educational inequities in Boston and Massachusetts. He has been covering education for the Globe since 2022, including coverage of the impact of the pandemic on schools and learning, enrollment shifts in greater Boston, and the effects of state takeovers of school districts. He also covers the Boston School Committee. Recent work includes a series on the unequal state funding of school construction and efforts to close that gap.
Huffaker previously worked at Patch, covering communities and school districts north of Boston, and as a data reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While at the Post-Gazette, he was part of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News-winning coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. He also won Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Golden Quill awards in 2019 and 2020 for series on the high cost of poverty and on childhood poverty, a 2019 National Association of Real Estate Editors Bronze Medal for a series on evictions, and a 2019 Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Award for a series on diversity in Pittsburgh-area police departments.
He has a master’s degree in journalism from Sciences Po University in Paris and a master’s degree in data journalism from Columbia University. He studied math in college.