Project description

Hannah Recht is a data journalist at Bloomberg News whose work focuses heavily on healthcare, equality and public policy. These stories include a range of topics, methodology, data sources and visual forms.

What makes this project innovative?

These stories include original datasets and analyses, as well as novel visualizations. Custom datasets were created for the opioid lawsuits and MeToo stories. The Medicaid election graphic pairs election results with Census data and provides a county-by-county look at the votes. The women on corporate boards story projects what would happen if all U.S.-based Russell 3000 companies had to comply with a California law that bans all-male boards. The western economy story sizes up the outdoor recreation industry versus oil and gas, and the tampon cost story explores what would happen if menstrual products were eligible for tax breaks.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

These stories were widely shared by general readers as well as politicians and advocates. The tampon cost story won the Malofiej Equality and Women’s Promotion Best Graphic Award.

Source and methodology

Data in these stories came from many sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Associated Press and Bloomberg LP, and used a variety of analysis methods. Custom databases were created for the opioid lawsuits and MeToo anniversary stories. The opioid lawsuits database was built using legal filings, while the MeToo database was based on media reports.

Technologies Used

R, GDAL, D3.js, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Mapbox, Tabula

Project members

Hannah Recht, additional reporting from Jeff Green, Riley Griffin, Mathieu Benhamou, Catherine Traywick, Andrew Harris and Jared Hopkins


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