Mona Chalabi is a British data journalist and illustrator. She studied at the University of Edinburgh and earned a master's degree in International Security from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France. After working for the FiveThirtyEight, Bank of England, and the Economist Intelligence Unit, as of 2017 she works as the Data Editor for The Guardian US. She is considered one of the most influential people in the young field of data journalism. She sees the importance of data journalism in the fact that politicians cannot get away with false claims anymore. Her written work covers many diverse interests, from racial dating preferences to research on Wikipedia. In an article for the New York Times, she argued for a more empirical approach to economics. On 23 October 2015, she announced on her "Dear Mona" column that she was leaving FiveThirtyEight. In September 2015, she presented a TV documentary on racism in the United Kingdom for the BBC. She produces the Number of the Week for National Public Radio. She made several appearances on Neil deGrasse Tyson's Star Talk.