Washington Post graphics director Chiqui Esteban and senior graphics editor Tim Meko sent out the following announcement on Thursday afternoon:
We are excited to announce that Dylan Moriarty will join the graphics team as a reporter, focused on cartography development.
Dylan comes to The Post from The Wall Street Journal, where he spent four years as a cartographer on the graphics team. While there, he explained how American exports were stuck in ships floating off the coast of Los Angeles and how many Christmas trees we chop down every year. Before that, Dylan worked at Development Seed, where he was part of the team that set up our election maps for the 2016 election and generated basemaps for National Geographic.
Dylan, a native of Janesville, Wis., doesn’t just make maps for his day job — he also uses them to express himself. He’s built maps that explore how we experience cities and has used open data to re-create the approach into D.C. by plane at night. Dylan is well-known in the cartographic community as a mentor to younger mappers and as an advocate for skill sharing and collaboration.
Dylan is a huge music fan and once adopted a stack of 53 burned CDs from a sidewalk trash heap. He listened to them all and wrote reviews for each. A separate project explored famous album covers and, naturally for Dylan, used them as inspiration to build maps.
Dylan’s first day at The Post will be May 10; please join us in welcoming him.