Mona Chalabi

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Mona Chalabi
Mona Chalabi, 2013 (cropped).jpg
Mona Chalabi in 2013
Born (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 31)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Sciences Po
Occupation Data journalist
Employer The Guardian
Television The Business of Life

Mona Chalabi (born 11 February 1987)[citation needed] is a British data journalist, known for her publications with FiveThirtyEight and The Guardian.

Chalabi was born[where?] to Arabic-speaking immigrants and grew up in England.[1] She studied at the University of Edinburgh[2] and earned a master's degree in International Security from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France.[3][4]

After working for FiveThirtyEight, the Bank of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the International Organization for Migration,[2] as of 2017 she works for The Guardian US.[5][6] She advocates the importance of data journalism in working to prevent politicians from making false claims.[7] Her written work covers many diverse interests, from racial dating preferences[8] to research on Wikipedia.[9] In an article for the New York Times she has argued for a more empirical approach to economics.[10] On 23 October 2015 she announced on her "Dear Mona" column that she was leaving FiveThirtyEight.[11]

In 2015 Chalabi presented a television documentary on racism in the United Kingdom for the BBC.[12] For National Public Radio she produces the Number of the Week.[13] Chalabi has made several appearances on Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk.

In 2017 she joined Richard Osman as a data presenter for Channel 4's Alternative Election Night, and was interviewed on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. She also began hosting The Business of Life, a finance talk show on Viceland.[14]

She is a regular panellist on Frankie Boyle's New World Order[15] and has appeared as a guest panellist on BBC TV's satirical show Have I Got News For You.


  1. ^ Mona Chalabi (2016-05-23). "Say my name, say my name: why the 'correct' pronunciation is whatever I decide". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  2. ^ a b University of Edinburgh Interview with Mona Chalabi, retrieved 2015-09-27
  3. ^ "Q&A: Guardian US Data Editor, Mona Chalabi". ReportHers. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  4. ^ Manokha, Ivan; Chalabi, Mona (December 1, 2011). "The Latest Financial Crisis: IR Goes Bankrupt" (PDF). Questions de recherche / Research Questions, Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS). doi:10.2139/ssrn.2282592. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Mona Chalabi". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  6. ^ "Mona Chalabi". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  7. ^ "Neue Medien: "Die ganze Welt besteht aus Daten"". Kurier (Austrian daily). Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  8. ^ Does having a racial preference when dating make us racist? Mona Chalabi | Youtube – The Guardian channel, retrieved 2015-09-27
  9. ^ Chalabi, Mona. "The 100 Most-Edited Wikipedia Articles". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  10. ^ "Rethinking How We Teach Economics". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  11. ^ Dear Mona - FiveThirtyeight
  12. ^ "BBC - BBC Three announces seasons on race and gender, The Fear and Murder Games - Media Centre". Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  13. ^ "NPR Search : NPR". Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  14. ^ "Mona Chalabi". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  15. ^ Dessau, Bruce (19 May 2018). "Review: Frankie Boyle's New World Order, BBC2". Beyond the Joke. Retrieved 27 May 2018.