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

    Craving brains and hangry: Zombie behavior demystified by scientists

    Why don't zombies eat each other? How hard would it be to claw out of a grave? How long can you live on brain? Scientific answers to zombie-related questions.

    October 25, 2022

    Understanding the symbolism in the queen’s funeral processions

    Scepter, orb, crown -- what does it all mean?

    September 15, 2022

      A quiz about your lousy chances of winning Mega Millions

      The Mega Millions jackpot is over $1 billion, and each ticket’s odds of winning Friday’s drawing are 1 in 302.6 million. How bad are those odds?

      July 28, 2022

        Quiz: Do you know the sweaty truth about these common fitness myths?

        Many things we've been told about exercise are just wrong. See if you can identify the tidbits of truth in this interactive quiz about exercise myths.

        May 18, 2022

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

          Here's what we know about where each justice stands on the issue of abortion. A leaked document shows a majority of the Supreme Court is ready to strike down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 establishing a nationwide right to abortion.

          May 3, 2022

            Russians are Hollywood’s go-to film villains — that’s unlikely to change

            From the Cold War to present day, Soviets or Russians have continued to be featured prominently as bad guys in Hollywood films. The Russia-Ukraine conflict signals that this easy stereotype isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

            April 22, 2022

              The Post's James Hohmann details why Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's experience is unique

              Washington Post columnist James Hohmann showcased on March 22 how Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s experience lines up with the current Supreme Court justices.

              March 22, 2022

                How Ketanji Brown Jackson’s path to the Supreme Court differs from the current justices

                In some ways, Biden's Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, followed a traditional trajectory to the Supreme Court: Harvard Law, Supreme Court clerk, federal appeals judge. But her time as a public defender would be unique among the justices.

                March 20, 2022

                  Confused about rapid tests? Here’s what to know.

                  People are confused about coronavirus rapid tests — How good are they? When should you use them? Do they work? — all while the government is giving out free ones to households across the country.

                  January 27, 2022
                  • 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