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Honest Charley Bodkin

Honest Charley Bodkin




In the early 1940's, my great grandfather, Charles, owned a small diner in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On the warm, sunny days, he would move his cashbox from the wooden countertop, out onto the sidewalk.

When customers were finished with their meals and went to pay him, he'd ask what they had to eat. It didn't take long for people to realize that since he expected them to be honest, he himself must be pretty honest.


He was bestowed the nickname Honest Charley and in 1948, he sold his diner and started a new business: Honest Charley's Speed Shop. Honest Charley, using his personal brand as the starting point, designed a logo and started hand drawing imaginative and quirky catalogs. It didn't take long for the business to become widely known across the country for its race car and hot rod parts.


Honest Charley's nickname was passed down to me as my legal and middle names. Although, I carry the namesake, my parents decided to call me by my middle name since I was young, but that doesn't mean you have to, as I'm happy with Honest or Honest Charley or any nickname that may come to you :)



Honest Charley currently works at the Los Angeles Times with the Data Desk. He's built newsroom tools to assist in reporting and in paper operations, as well as to help tell stories through the design and development of interactive media. As a freelance designer and developer, he has created brands, websites, motion graphics and videos. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2014.

While he is pretty busy at the Times, he might be available for an interesting side project or partnership, contact him for details.

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Los Angeles Times Projects

Water Infrastructure Graphic

The water pies in Los Angeles are getting old, so old that many of them will reach the end of their usefulness in the next 15 years. To aid in the telling of this story, we sought to give readers a sense of the history of the pipes and which ones are close to failing. I created this D3 visualization of the pipe data we had, as well as gave the story what we call a "big build" treatment, which is a specially designed article presentation.

Read the article, explore the data

Live Blog Application

For news events that require constant updates, such as award shows or protests, the Los Angeles Times relies on the live blog application that I created in Django and Python.

Efficiency Scripts

At any given moment, web producers in newsrooms across the country are using code that I wrote to help save them time and hopfully deliver the news faster. After my first couple weeks at the paper, I discovered that there were some parts of my job dealing with our content management system that just ate away at my time. So I whipped up a couple of small JavaScript browser bookmarklets that ended up saving me a tremendous amount of time. It didn't take long for the scripts to make their ways through our newsroom and eventually to our sister newspapers through Tribune Publishing.

Automation Bots

After I realized what a big impact a few lines of code could have on the daily lives of my fellow web producers, I decided to go on a bit of an automation binge. I coded one bot to wake up every morning to serve up that day's print stories in a digital format, bridging the gap between our print and web products. Another bot discovers which stories were most popular in the past hour and spits them out into a collection that our producers use throughout the site. One bot links up with our video provider to create automated playlists. These bots have helped save human time and have tangibly furthered our business goals.

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