Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton and Digital Editor Tim Richardson: 

We are thrilled to announce that John D. Harden, a data journalist at the Houston Chronicle, will become Local’s first data reporter.

John’s award-winning work spans many subject areas. He has mapped Houston’s racial divide, crystal meth use in the city, and Texas’s immigration patterns. John has shown where jobs are lost in urban areas and where farms are lost in rural ones.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in broadcast journalism. He worked at small Texas newspapers covering county government and cops before teaching himself data analysis. That got him to the Chronicle, where he continued to learn new and cutting-edge data skills.

John’s Twitter (@jdharden) handle is perilously close to that of James Harden — which in Houston gets you a lot of followers. We are eager for him to get started gathering new followers in the DMV.

Please join us in welcoming him when he starts Monday.