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.

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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.