Hello, welcome to my website! My name is Mitchell Thorson, and I’m a data visualization specialist, web developer and information designer based in Brooklyn, New York.

My work spans disciplines but is almost always centered around organizing and sharing data or other facts and information via the medium of the internet. Currently, I am a Lead Data Visualization Engineer at the Urban Institute, where I collaborate with public policy experts, data scientists and communications staff to present the organization’s research through charts, maps and interactive online tools.

From 2014 – February 2023 I was a part of the USA Today Graphics team, where my work included a wide variety of projects. These ranged from working with GIS data to build custom interactive maps, to building and maintaining automated data scrapers and pipelines that power live-updating online presentations, to analyzing and visualizing 27,000 of LeBron James’ field goal attempts. I also enjoyed building and maintaining tools and templates that were used by other members of the team to develop and publish custom projects to the web.

When I’m not working or hacking on a side project, I like to spend my time reading books, exploring NYC on foot or bike, hiking in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, practicing my skills as a home cook and playing video games.


If any of that piques your interest, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me via email at [email protected]

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Projects I’ve contributed to have been recognized with a variety of data visualization and journalism industry awards, including the following:

Year Award
2023 Information Is Beautiful Awards Gold Medal
2020 The Knight Science Journalism Program’s Victor K. McElheny Award
2019 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
2019 Philip Meyer Award Second place
2019 Information is Beautiful Bronze Medal
2019 SND Award of Excellence
2019 SND Award of Excellence
2019 EPPY Awards Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Reporting
2019 EPPY Awards Best Innovation Project on a Website
2019 EPPY Awards Best Use of Data/Infographics on a Website
2019 Science in Society Journalism Award series category
2019 OJA Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Small Newsroom
2019 Edward R. Murrow Awards Excellence in Innovation
2018 Society of Professional Journalists New America Award
2018 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting
2019 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service Journalism
2020 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation
2016 2016 Knight-Risser Award


This website is built with SvelteKit and hosted on Cloudflare. You can view the source code on Github.

All text is set in Iosevka.

December 2023, Brooklyn New York

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