Thursday / September 24 / 12:00 PM


Current events coupled with an upcoming presidential election mean we’ve seen data visualization everywhere, from news outlets to personal social media accounts. Data visualization can help us make sense of complex information — but it can just as easily tell only one part of a story.

In this discussion, data reporter Andrew Tran and graphics assignment editor Armand Emamdjomeh, both from The Washington Post, will share their experience with creating and presenting data through design. You’ll learn about best practices that help ensure data is ethically and accurately displayed and how to avoid the misrepresentation of data and the story it tells.


Date & Time

Thursday, September 24

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM




Andrew Ba Tran

Data reporter on the rapid-response investigative team at the Washington Post

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Andrew Ba Tran is a data reporter on the rapid-response investigative team at the Washington Post. Andrew has analyzed how COVID-19 has disparately impacted certain communities, the spread of opioids across the country, and the rise of right-wing violence. He shared in winning the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2018 for the coverage of candidate Roy Moore’s alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls and subsequent efforts to undermine the journalism that exposed it. Andrew was a data editor at The Connecticut Mirror’s Prior to that, he was a data producer at The Boston Globe and he’s worked in newsrooms of The Virginian-Pilot and the Sun-Sentinel. He’s a graduate of the University of Texas and teaches data journalism at American University. Andrew is an advocate for open data and reproducible research.


Armand Emamdjomeh

Assignment editor for graphics at the Washington Post

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Armand Emamdjomeh is currently an assignment editor for graphics at the Washington Post. Armand joined The Post in 2017 as a graphics reporter, where he worked on some of the most ambitious projects the department has produced, including the interactive database detailing the shipment of billions of opioid pills between 2006 and 2014, a system to link large sets of original documents and stories that served as the foundation for The Afghanistan Papers, and an interactive “tour” of the U.S.-Mexico border. Prior to joining The Post, Armand worked at the Los Angeles Times, where he worked on the data desk and was briefly the deputy director of data visualization. Armand earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Russian from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. Visit for more.


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