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 32)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Sciences Po
OccupationData journalist
EmployerThe Guardian
TelevisionThe 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.

Early life[edit]

Chalabi was born to Iraqi[1] immigrants and grew up in England.[2] She studied at the University of Edinburgh[3] and earned a master's degree in International Security from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France.[4][5]


After working for FiveThirtyEight, the Bank of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the International Organization for Migration,[3] as of 2017 she works for The Guardian US.[6][7] She advocates the importance of data journalism in working to prevent politicians from making false claims.[8] Her written work covers many diverse interests, from racial dating preferences[9] to research on Wikipedia.[10] In an article for the New York Times she has argued for a more empirical approach to economics.[11] On 23 October 2015 she announced on her "Dear Mona" column that she was leaving FiveThirtyEight.[12]

In 2015, Chalabi presented a television documentary on racism in the United Kingdom for the BBC.[13] For National Public Radio she produces the Number of the Week.[14] Chalabi has made several appearances on Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk.[citation needed]

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.[15]

She is a regular panellist on Frankie Boyle's New World Order[16] and has appeared as a guest panellist on BBC TV's satirical show Have I Got News For You.[citation needed]

In 2018, she joined American comedy panel show The Fix as a data expert.[17]


  1. ^ Boyce, Niall (2013). "Digital photography". The Lancet. 381 (9870): 895. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60659-5.
  2. ^ Mona Chalabi (23 May 2016). "Say my name, say my name: why the 'correct' pronunciation is whatever I decide". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b University of Edinburgh Interview with Mona Chalabi, retrieved 27 September 2015
  4. ^ "Q&A: Guardian US Data Editor, Mona Chalabi". ReportHers. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ Manokha, Ivan; Chalabi, Mona (2011). "The Latest Financial Crisis: IR Goes Bankrupt". CiteSeerX doi:10.2139/ssrn.2282592.
  6. ^ "Mona Chalabi". the Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Mona Chalabi". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Neue Medien: "Die ganze Welt besteht aus Daten"". Kurier (Austrian daily). Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  9. ^ Does having a racial preference when dating make us racist? Mona Chalabi | Youtube – The Guardian channel, retrieved 27 September 2015
  10. ^ Chalabi, Mona (30 May 2014). "The 100 Most-Edited Wikipedia Articles". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Rethinking How We Teach Economics". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  12. ^ Dear Mona - FiveThirtyeight
  13. ^ "BBC - BBC Three announces seasons on race and gender, The Fear and Murder Games - Media Centre". Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  14. ^ "NPR Search : NPR". Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Mona Chalabi". IMDb. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  16. ^ Dessau, Bruce (19 May 2018). "Review: Frankie Boyle's New World Order, BBC2". Beyond the Joke. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  17. ^ Schroeder, Audra (14 December 2018). "'The Fix' is another talk show Hail Mary from Netflix". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 27 December 2018.