Hi, I'm Chris Manning.

Senior Developer at USA TODAY. Wannabe Rock Star.

More About Me

As a Computer Science major at James Madison University, I found myself yearning for work with more focus on design and usability. After 3 semesters of programming and related CS classes, I switched majors to Media Arts and Design. This allowed me to learn about design, but also continue my passion for programming and problem solving.

I wasn’t completely aware of it at the time, but my path in school prepared me for many different aspects of web development. I excel on the front-end because it is the perfect marriage of design and development. But I also have the ability to write server-side applications with performance and scalability in mind.

I believe in doing things the right way. I take pride in following standards and best practices. I am extremely attentive to detail. I am driven by results and a desire to improve on a daily basis. And while I’m able to learn and complete tasks independently, I thrive in a team setting, learning by example as well as mentoring others.

...and a bit more personal...

The 'wannabe rock star' in me has been playing guitar for over 12 years. I'm also a lucky husband and the proud father of an 18 month old boy. When I have some spare time, you'll probably find me on a basketball court, out running, or at the driving range.

Chris Manning


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  • USA TODAY, May 2010 - Present
    • Manager, Development 11/2012 - Present
    • Senior Web Developer 10/2011 - 11/2012
    • Web Developer 05/2010 - 10/2011

    Build high-performance web applications for usatoday.com, with a focus on front-end development.

    As a team lead during the development of the recently re-launched usatoday.com, I helped rebuild the site from scratch using Python (Django), HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Assembled a custom JavaScript stack including Modernizr, Require.js, Backbone.js and jQuery to layer a single-page web app on top of the traditional news website. Utilized CSS3 transforms to create a seamless and more engaging user experience.

  • MPRI, May 2008 - April 2010
    • Web Developer

    Front-end developer for www.army.mil, the official website of the United States Army.

    Transformed mock-ups into HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP (CodeIgniter) for Army news pages and microsites. Performed similar duties for CORE, a rebuild of the CMS. Supported legacy browsers, such as IE6, and helped implement best practices for Section 508 compliance.

Relevant Skills

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Backbone.js
  • Require.js
  • Python
  • Django
  • C#
  • XSLT
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Git
  • Omniture
  • Brightcove


James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
B.S. Media Arts and Design. Concentration: Interactive Media


  • Introduction to Django with Jacob Kaplan-Moss, February 1-2, 2012
  • South by Southwest Interactive, May 13-17, 2009
  • eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit, October 20-23, 2008