Saurabh Datar

Data journalist

Hello, I’m a data journalist/developer at WBUR, Boston’s NPR station. I was previously at the Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Mid-day, a newspaper in Mumbai where I led its first data journalism efforts. My work has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News.

I use computational methods to analyze data and write both words and code to tell compelling stories.

Projects I’ve worked on have won awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2021, IRE award, Philip Meyer award and the OJA Knight Award for Public Service, among others.

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Here are some of my clips.

Data/Graphics

Writing

San Francisco Chronicle

Tenants in San Francisco’s Mission, Sunset neighborhoods get most eviction notices

A data story on which neighborhoods in San Francisco are the most vulnerable to evictions.

Open-source projects

Crime in India

I took India’s dense, 600-page annual crime reports, parsed the data and built an interactive website using Frozen Flask. I believe it's the only website that allows you to track crimes in over 50 cities in India. I even found a mistake in the way the data was recorded — rates for crimes against women were calculated using total population. I wrote cleaning scripts in Pandas to correct this error. The code is on Github.

Open Elections

I am a contributor to the Open Elections project, an open source project that aims to provide processed election results. I wrote Python scripts to download result files for Georgia and New Jersey, clean them, and produce clean CSV files for public use. The code is on Github.