Mona Chalabi

Mona Chalabi is a data journalist who lives in New York.

She is a writer. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Guardian and many more. She has written for radio and TV including NPR, Gimlet, Netflix (The Fix), BBC (Is Britain Racist? Radio 4 and The Frankie Boyle show) and National Geographic (Star Talk). 

She is also an illustrator whose work has been commended by the Royal Statistical Society. Her work has been exhibited at several galleries including the Tate, The Design Museum and the House of Illustration.

Lastly, she’s a producer and presenter. She’s one half of the team that created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches. And she presented and produced the audio experiment Strange Bird. 

Before she became a journalist, Mona worked with large data sets in jobs at the Bank of England, Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration. She studied International Relations in Paris and studied Arabic in Jordan. Mona was born and raised in London.

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Mona Chalabi

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I’m a journalist who really loves numbers. I translate spreadsheets into written pieces, illustrations, audio and film.

> I write for the Guardian
> My illustrations, which depict everything from immigrant detention to balding patterns, have been commended by the Royal Statistical Society.
> I executive produced and hosted Strange Bird, an audio experiment and before that, I had a regular slot on US National Public Radio. And my TV work has included the BBC (Is Britain Racist?), National Geographic (Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Star Talk) and Netflix (The Fix) as well as Channel 4 and VICE. I’m one half of the team that created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches.
> I started writing about statistics after analyzing large data sets at the Bank of England, Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration.

I’m based in New York. The only thing you need to know about my personal life is that I love Peter Falk.