lena groeger

about me

I'm Lena, a science journalist and designer. I work at ProPublica making news apps and interactive graphics. Sometimes I design posters. I also like running (a lot).

some new stuff


ER Wait Watcher: Which Emergency Room Will See You the Fastest?

Dec 2013

If you're not having a heart attack or in a life-threatening emergency, you could wait hours in the emergency room before seeing a doctor. This news app uses government data to show you how long on average you'll be waiting at nearby hospitals, plus the time it takes to get there in current traffic. There's a story to go with the app, too.


Overdose: Use Only as Directed

Sept 2013

America's most popular pain killer is much riskier than you might think. 150 Americans die each year and tens of thousands get sent to the emergency room by accidentally taking too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. This story explains why.


Prescriber Checkup: The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

May 2013

By failing to monitor the drugs that doctors prescribe, Medicare has wasted billions of dollars on brand-name drugs and exposed elderly and disabled people to drugs they shouldn't take. This app lets you look up your doctor to see what drugs he or she prescribes and how that compares with other doctors.


Design Principles for News Apps and Graphics

May 2013

The tools and techniques to present information in a graphic or news app may differ depending on your project, but the basic design principles stay pretty much the same. Here's how to apply these classic principles to your newfangled graphics and apps.


Pipeline Safety Tracker

November 2012

Every year the over 2.5 million miles of oil and natural gas pipelines suffer hundreds of ruptures and leaks, costing lives and millions of dollars. This interactive map tracks those accidents across the country.


Stacking Up the Adminstration's Drone Claims

Sept 2012

A graphic built, quite literally, out of statements by current and former government officials talking about the CIA drone program – or refusing to confirm or deny its existence. Also a tribute to tiny text on the web.


Nursing Home Inspect

August 2012

An online interactive database that lets you explore and search thousands of nursing home inspection reports, written up by federal auditors who flag dangerous conditions such as missing residents or physical abuse.


Timeline: How Obama Compares to Bush on Torture, Surveillance and Detention

May 2012

A look at the evolution of national security policies from 9/11 to the present.


Murdoch's Circle: The Growing News International Scandal


A collection of all the arrests and resignations in the expanding News Corp scandal, in rings of proximity to Rupert Murdoch himself.


The Story Collider


Posters for science storytelling performances organized by the Story Collider, an online and onstage project in NYC.

some older stuff


The Dead, the Dollars, the Drones

September 2011

A series of interactive graphics on the costs of a decade of conflict since 9/11.


Where Are the Foreclosure Deal Millions Going in Your State?

May 2012

A map of what states are doing with the $2.5 billion of housing aid cash they got from banks. (Hint: it's not all going towards homeowners.) Here's an explanation of the map-making process.

fda antibiotics

A History of FDA Inaction on Animal Antibiotics

April 2012

A timeline of the (minimal) government oversight of livestock antibiotics. Constantly feeding animals antibiotics can lead to drug resistant "super bugs" and threaten human health.

From Gung-Ho to Uh-Oh: Charting the Government's Moves on Fracking

February 2012

A timeline of the evolving government approach to natural gas drilling, or fracking. (Fun fact: it started with nuclear explosions.)


Brown University Health Educaton


A series of public health posters for the Brown student body and Providence community on all kinds of topics: nutrition and fitness, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and campus safety (to name a few).