aida ylanan

visual information specialist @ cdc


compiled work from the los angeles times

selected writing

Growing Pains: Anna Ting Möller’s Symbiotic Sculptures (Cultbytes)

How The Times’ COVID-19 tracker outran predictions

‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ and ‘Elvira’ stars say John Paragon was so much more than Jambi
related Actor John Paragon, Jambi the Genie on ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,’ dies at 66

Long underrepresented in film and TV, Latinos are falling further behind

Remembering ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ author Eric Carle

How ‘Master of None’ got its groundbreaking portrait of in vitro fertilization right

Miss the Spice Girls? A new comedy mocks the ‘misogynistic’ culture behind their rise

Commentary: Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’ has ‘no script,’ until fans and panelists turn on its stars
related Commentary: A suspected suicide. Cyberbullying. Why some call this Netflix reality show ‘toxic’

Here’s what holiday retail workers wish you knew


may 2024 Exploring AAPI data in Southern California / Los Angeles Times, AAJA-LA, AAPI Data

may 2024 Data Studio mentorship program / Columbia Journalism School

march 2024 First Visual Story / Investigative Reporters & Editors (NICAR)

may 2023 ASA DataFest Judge / UCLA Statistics & Data Science

mar 2023 First Visual Story / Investigative Reporters & Editors (NICAR)

nov 2022 Bruins Breaking News: Inside Careers in Journalism / UCLA Humanities

july 2022 Go For Broke Summer Journalism Institute / AAJA-LA, Go For Broke National Education Center

mar 2021 Learning to code: What's holding you back? / Investigative Reporters & Editors (NICAR)

jan 2020 Book Club: Ocean Vuong / Los Angeles Times

july 2019 Book Club: Laila Lalami / Los Angeles Times

apr 2018 Intro to Data Viz in R / UCLA Statistics (DataFest)

previous roles

2021-2024 Data and Graphics Journalist / Los Angeles Times

2019-2021 Metpro Fellow / Los Angeles Times

2018 Data Desk Intern / Los Angeles Times

2016-2018 Student Educator / Hammer Museum

2017 Front End Development Intern / Colab

2016 Advocacy Team Intern / Women's Aid Organisation


Photo of Aida

Hi, I'm a visual information specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I grew up in Long Beach, CA, and graduated from UCLA, where I studied statistics and English. When I'm not working, I like visiting museums, reading books, and traveling.


github / linkedin
✉️ ylanan.aida [at] gmail [dot] com
résumé available upon request

updated june 2024