aida ylanan

data and graphics journalist @ los angeles times


selected writing

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 2023 ASA DataFest Judge / UCLA Statistics & Data Science

mar 2023 First Visual Story / NICAR

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

july 2022 Go For Broke Summer Journalism Institute / AAJA-LA

mar 2021 Learning to code: What's holding you back? / 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 DataFest

previous roles

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


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Hi, I'm a data and graphics journalist at the Los Angeles Times. 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.


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updated november 2023