Shelly Tan

Washington, D.C.

Graphics reporter specializing in data visualization, illustrations and pop culture

Education: Northwestern University, BS in Journalism

Shelly Tan is a graphics reporter and illustrator specializing in data visualization and illustrative storytelling. She joined the Washington Post in 2014, initially as a member of the digital story design team, which focused on creating new templates and experiences for stories. She has worked primarily on the pop culture beat since 2017. Prior to joining the Washington Post, she worked as an intern with NPR's Visuals team. She enjoys experimenting with ways to combine her fine arts background with her digital design skills.
Latest from Shelly Tan
  • Analysis

Four charts that analyze how omicron’s wave compares to previous coronavirus peaks

While cases have surged and the variant is more transmissible, omicron seems less likely to result in death or severe hospitalizations compare to other coronavirus variants

January 11, 2022

    What the Supreme Court justices have said about abortion and Roe v. Wade

    On Dec. 1, the Supreme Court will consider a Mississippi law that could overturn Roe v. Wade — the 1973 ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion. Here's what we know about where each justice stands on the issue.

    November 24, 2021

    The cost of delay

    Prices are rising on many popular Christmas gifts due to production shortages and shipping problems.

    November 20, 2021

      How to replace guns on movie sets

      In the wake of an accidental shooting and death on movie “Rust,” debate has ignited about whether gun blanks should be entirely replaced with post-production visual effects. How do VFX artists do this? And what are the pros and cons?

      October 28, 2021

        Shang-Chi and the fight against yellow peril

        Marvel’s latest superhero outing is a breakthrough for Asian representation, but the character’s comic book past has a complicated history.

        September 3, 2021

        Between the GOP and the governor’s mansion: A bigger, bluer Northern Virginia

        This fall’s governor’s race could reveal whether Virginia has undergone a lasting political realignment or merely experienced an anti-Trump spasm.

        August 7, 2021

          Why is K-pop so popular?

          The genre’s catchy songs, savvy use of social media and dedicated fans are a formula for global success.

          July 14, 2021

          Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games

          From "Stardew Valley" to "Persona 5's" Tokyo to "Hades" itself, here's a guide to five can’t-miss video game ‘vacation’ destinations.

          February 25, 2021

            How one of America’s ugliest days unraveled inside and outside the Capitol

            Jan. 6, 2021 will go down in history. This is how the day unfolded as Trump egged on his followers at a rally, Congress convened in a joint session and protests broke out across the nation.

            January 9, 2021

              That happened this year?!?

              Murder hornets? Tiger King? That was this year? 2020 has been 97 months long, so jog your memory with some of the things you might have forgotten about.

              December 22, 2020