About Stats+Stories

In the Fall of 2012, the election predictions from statistical and mathematical models were celebrated, and the pundits were quaking. We see professional sports management reflecting a *money-balled* analysis that is hoped will generate better informed decisions about personnel. We go to the grocery with rewards cards that are linked to coupons that are tuned to our particular historic purchasing patterns. Is it possible to understand what is going on behind the scenes in these stories? Does it matter how studies are conducted? What numbers can we trust?

In recognition that there are statistics behind the stories we hear and a story behind the statistics, we developed the program we are calling Stats+Stories. Joined by moderator Bob Long, an experienced NPR broadcaster, Richard Campbell, director of the Journalism program, and John Bailer, chair of the department of statistics at Miami University began scheming to make this a reality. In this program, quantitative ideas encountered in our daily lives and journalism are explored. Each program will feature a guest who will share a story with a strong statistical flavor. The first program was released in May 2013, and the program team hopes to release a new episode each month. In January 2017, the American Statistical Association (ASA) became a partner with Miami Univesity.

Stats+Stories Team:

    Program planning and panelists

  • John Bailer, panelist (aka ‘The Stats Guy’)
  • Richard Campbell, panelist (aka ‘The Stories Guy’)
  • Rosemary Pennington, moderator (aka ‘The Moderator’)
  • Bob Long, moderator emeritus
  • Technical Production

  • Steve Beitzel, chief engineer
  • Ringo Jones, engineer
  • Rob Hinton, producer
  • Paula Fogt, web designer
  • Guy Moore, podcast producer
  • Larry Downes, IT consultant
  • Reporters

    Amanda Shumaker (episode 6) | Bethany Miller(episodes 10, 11, 13) | Colleen Rasa (episode 1) | Emily Hanhart (episode 15) |
    Emily Potten (episodes 4, 5, 7)| Emily Sullivan (episode 3) | Justin Thebault (episode 12) | JM Reiger(episode 1) |
    Lucy Borchers (episode 8,9) | Max McAuley (episode 18)| Megan Thobe (episode 2)| Reis Maskulinski (episode 14) | Austin Fast (episode 15)


  • Julie Frymier, transcription for episodes 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27
  • Michael Kulifay, transcription of episodes 1-16, 22, 23, 26
  • Tianchi Zhang, transcription for episode 2
  • Promotion, Production and Planning

  • Jason Barone, promotion and communication – episodes 3 +
  • Vicki Prichard, promotion and planning, episodes 1 and 2
  • Howard Kleiman, production adviserJason Barone, promotion and communication – episodes 3 +
  • Logistics for guest hosting and more

  • Vickie Sandlin