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Mona Chalabi: How I Found My Voice

It’s rare that a journalist creates a whole new form. That’s what Mona Chalabi has done. Her combination of illustration and data analysis is unmistakably hers. It is also a uniquely powerful way of telling stories quickly – landing with emotional and intellectual impact every time. Her work has the brevity of a haiku and the authority of an auditor’s spreadsheet.

Chalabi’s job title is data editor at the Guardian US. But while she certainly crunches numbers her skillset extends beyond data analysis. Her illustrations ask questions like “Should you ask a creative to work for free?” and lead readers on a fast, surprising journey of enlightenment.

Chalabi is a writer, producer, broadcaster and honorary fellow of the British Science Association. She has worked for FiveThirtyEight, the Bank of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration. She grew up in London and lives in New York.

Join us in this live edition of the award-winning podcast How I Found My Voice with Samira Ahmed. Chalabi will discuss how she created such a unique voice through her data illustrations and how her work is helping hold power to account.

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  • Mona Chalabi

    Data journalist and illustrator

  • Samira Ahmed

    Journalist, writer and broadcaster

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Mona Chalabi

Data journalist and illustrator

Data journalist and illustrator, Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US and has previously worked at FiveThirtyEight and the Economist Intelligence unit. Her New York Times visual opinion piece “100 New Yorkers”, revealing the intersections between race and poverty in the city, was displayed in the World Trade Centre in 2020.

Samira Ahmed

Journalist, writer and broadcaster

One of the most recognised voices in British broadcasting. Her work spans news and the arts – from working as a reporter and presenter on Channel 4 News to presenting the Proms. She presents Front Row on BBC Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC One. She hosts the award-winning Intelligence Squared podcast, How I Found My Voice