About Learning Curve

Adriene Hill

Adriene Hill is the senior multimedia reporter for Learning Curve. In elementary school, she figured out how to hack Scantron forms (though she never used this power for evil). In high school, she sat in the back of math class and attempted to program her TI-81 to do relatively idiotic things. Prior to joining Marketplace in 2010, she worked at WBEZ in Chicago, first as an intern, then producer of the local show Eight Forty-Eight, then news desk editor and reporter. Hill has received numerous awards for her contribution to a project she worked on at WBEZ called “Inside & Out.” They include: Associated Press Illinois – Best Investigative Series and Best Series/Documentary; Lisagor awards – Online Investigative Reporting and Public Affairs Programming; Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi – Public Service Award; RTDNA Murrow Awards – Best Continuing Coverage; and PRNDI National – Best Multi-Media Presentation, First Place Enterprise/Investigative, First Place Series. Hill is a graduate of Amherst College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. She has a Master’s degree in political science from Northwestern University. A native of Celo, N.C., Hill currently resides in Los Angeles where the weather is really as good as people say it is. In her spare time, she likes to hike, cook and sew.

Dan Abendschein

Dan Abendschein is the digital and data reporter for Learning Curve. Abendschein got his start as a reporter for two small weekly papers in Maui, where he covered development, the restaurant scene and crafty ways to see more of Hawaii for free. (Jumping fences). Since then, he’s worked as a beat reporter for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, and Patch, AOL’s hyper-local news venture, where he went on to specialize in data reporting and visualization. Abendschein's first tech-education experience came in his 6th-grade computer lab, where he learned the Logo programming language by directing a small turtle to create graphics. In high school, he lifted his grade in calculus by solving an extra credit problem using the Visual Basic programming language. He has completed two Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs), and audited college courses in computer science, where at 33, he was usually the oldest person in the class—professors included. Abendschein has a BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Pomona College and a Masters in Print Journalism, from the USC Annenberg School for Communication.