BankTracker debuts at Investigative Reporting Workshop


I’ve been doing some Webinars over the past few days for reporters to show off some features of for looking at bailout data from Treasury and the FDIC. One of the things I keep telling them is that lots of groups are looking at this data, building tools for parsing and analyzing it, and they should stay tuned.

Today I got to offer an incredibly vivid example of that: the Investigative Reporting Workshop released its BankTracker project, which uses FDIC data to answer the question, “how safe is your bank?” Wendell Cochran is heading up the effort; you can search BankTracker here.

It’s another great resource for tracking the effect of the recession and the financial crisis on banks.